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Sister: Our pursuit of justice has hopefully contributed

Marcia Collins, Sean Rigg's sister Credit: Katie Collins/PA Archive

The sister of Sean Rigg, who died while he was being held at Brixton police station in 2008, has welcomed a review which said the IPCC should look again at whether police officers should face misconduct proceedings for the way they dealt with Rigg.

She said: "It is the family's strong opinion that possible criminal offences should also be considered afresh."

"My family's pursuit of justice and our dignified determination to arrive at a truly clear picture of what happened," she added, "has hopefully contributed to real and positive change into the way the IPCC and all key agencies should fulfil their obligations, by law, into a death in custody."

IPCC: Taking a 'critical look' at the way deaths are investigated

IPCC chairwoman Dame Anne Owers said that Sean Rigg's family had shown "determination and dignity" over a long period. She added:

We are already taking a critical look at the way we investigate deaths in general and this specific review, and the lessons to be learnt from it, will play an important part in the way that we develop and change our approach.

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Sean Rigg case review finds IPCC should look again

A review published today has said that police could face misconduct proceedings over the way they dealt with a musician who died in custody.

The inquest into the death of Sean Rigg, who died in August 2008 while he was held at Brixton police station found that officers had used "unsuitable force".

Sean Rigg, who died from a cardiac arrest at Brixton police station in August 2008 Credit: Hickman & Rose Solicitors/PA Wire

The 40-year-old schizophrenic was arrested for attacking a passer by and police officers in Balham, south London.

Today, a review found that the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) should look again at whether police officers should face misconduct proceedings for the way they dealt with him.

Police criticised over man's death in custody

The police were criticised today for using an "unsuitable level of force" before the death in custody of a schizophrenic. Sean Rigg, a physically fit 40-year-old, was being held in the back of a police van at Brixton police station in south London when he died of cardiac arrest on August 21 2008.

Sean Rigg died at Brixton police station in August 2008 Credit: Press Association

An inquest jury found that officers used "unsuitable" force after arresting Mr Rigg for attacking passers-by and police officers. Coroner Andrew Harris said:

"The level of force used on Sean Rigg whilst he was restrained in the prone position at the Weir estate was unsuitable. In addition, there was an absence of leadership. This led to a failure to take appropriate control of the situation."

Police custody death inquest continues

An inquest jury will resume its deliberations in the case of a schizophrenic who died in police custody.

Sean Rigg had a 20-year history of mental illness. Credit: PA

Sean Rigg, a physically fit 40-year-old musician, was held by police after he attacked passers-by in Balham, south London.

He had a 20-year history of mental illness following a bad acid trip and was a black belt in karate. He had destroyed a gazebo in his hostel's garden in Brixton that afternoon.

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