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Brixton Custody Death: Five Officers To Be Investigated

Thursday 19th June 2014

The police watchdog is to investigate five officers involved in the arrest of a man who died while in custody in south London.

Sean RiggThe independent police complaints commission has reopened its inquiry into the death of Sean Rigg, who died in Brixton in 2008.

Mr Rigg, who had a 20-year record of mental illness, died after he was kept in the caged footwell of a police van handcuffed, face down with his legs bent sufficiently far back for his heels to touch his buttocks.

A coroner found that he died as a result of cardiac arrest, acute arrhythmia, ischemia and partial asphysixia.

After an independent review criticised the original IPCC investigation the watchdog decided to re-open the disciplinary and criminal investigations into Seanís death.

On 13 May 2014, the Administrative Court approved the terms of a consent order quashing the findings of the original investigation in relation to the arrest, restraint and detention of Mr Rigg.

Arrangements are being made to interview the officers under criminal and misconduct caution.

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