“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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The death of Rashan Charles, and its aftermath, has tragic echoes of the case of Colin Roach. The 21-year-old was shot inside Stoke Newington police station 35 years ago, with the community convinced cops had a hand. Poet Benjamin Zephaniah was at the first protest after his death, he tells the Gazette.
Events surrounding the death of Colin Roach 35 years ago remain a mystery to this day.
He died inside the foyer of Stoke Newington police station on January 12, 1983, from a single gunshot wound through the mouth.