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Brixton candlelight vigil to mark death of Sean Rigg

FIFTH MEMORIAL: Sean Rigg died in police custody

THE FAMILY of Sean Rigg will be marking the fifth anniversary of his death by holding a candlelit vigil this evening (21 August) from 7pm to 9pm outside Brixton police station where he died.

Rigg, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia, died in police custody on August 21, 2008, after being arrested in Balham, south London, by officers from the Metropolitan Police earlier that day.

On May 17, a report, ordered by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), was published following the 2012 inquest into the 40-year-old musician’s death.

It found serious inconsistencies between the inquest jury’s findings and those of the IPCC's own investigation into the death.

After months of evidence re-examination, the independent review led by criminologist Dr Silva Casale identified flaws in the way the IPCC handled the case and recommendations were made for improvement.

This fifth anniversary event comes as the Rigg families continue the campaign to ensure that the recommendations made in his inquest verdict are fully implemented.

Sean Rigg's sister, Marcia, who runs the Justice and Change Campaign, said: “On Wednesday August 21 we will be outside Brixton police station between 7pm [and] 9pm at the time when Sean was arrested.

"He died at 8.24pm according to the inquest jury and left Brixton police station in an ambulance at 9.00pm."

"At this vigil we’ll also use it as an opportunity to update the community and supporters of where we are with the Sean Rigg campaign because is five years on as we are still waiting to see whether the IPCC will refer this case to the CPS for charges of misconduct or criminal proceedings."

She added: "We are also waiting to see how the recommendations made the by the coroner will be fully implemented.

"Five years is a significant milestone but we are nowhere near closure yet, it has been very taxing on the family but we have had no time to grieve.”

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