The INQUEST report of the Family Listening Day, commissioned by the Independent Police Complaints Commission, has been published today.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), now the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), asked INQUEST to facilitate a family listening day to gather evidence to inform its ongoing process of gathering feedback from those who have been involved in an investigation following a death, in March 2017.
The structure of the day saw families encouraged to discuss their experiences, both good and bad, focusing on initial contact and information, communications, the quality of investigations and reports and the impact on families.
“I could never have imagined that almost ten years after his death I’d still be fighting for justice for my brother, Sean Rigg.”
Sean, a 40-year-old black British musician, apparently became unwell and suddenly collapsed and died in police custody in the summer of 2008. Practically naked wearing only speedos and handcuffs, he lay on the cold concrete floor at the entrance of Brixton custody suite. Sean died on camera inside a cramped caged holding cell, surrounded by, and at the feet of, 5-6 police officers.
Towards the end of what I call a ‘cut throat battle’, I have learnt that true justice is unlikely, probably impossible.
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