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Custody death inquest verdict

An inquest has ruled police used an "unsuitable level of force" and demonstrated an "absence of leadership" leading up to the death of Sean Rigg by cardiac arrest at Brixton police station in August 2008.

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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."

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