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Sean Rigg officers arrested for ‘perjury’

NOT FORGOTTEN: Musician Sean Rigg

POLICE WATCHDOG investigators yesterday arrested three Met officers on suspicion of lying under oath.

The cops, who have not been named for legal reasons, all gave evidence at a recent inquest into the death of 40-year-old Sean Rigg.

Rigg, who suffered with schizophrenia, died at Brixton police station in August 2008 after being taken into custody amid a mental health crisis.

Officers failed to identify him as a vulnerable person and restrained him for eight minutes which contributed to his death, jurors at Southwark Coroners Court found.

The arrests come as part of the Independent Police Complaints Commission’s (IPCC) ongoing investigation into the custody death.

It started on August, 2012, following a referral from the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS).

Two serving officers, and one who has retired, were arrested. A 50-year-old sergeant was arrested at work on suspicion of perjury and perverting the course of justice.

A 29-year-old sergeant was arrested in south London on the same charges. The third, a 48-year-old retired PC, was arrested by appointed.

All three were questioned by IPCC investigators at a central London police station.

Searches have been carried out at their homes and in their offices.

Rigg’s family have been told about the developments through their solicitors.

Deborah Coles, co-director of charity INQUEST said: “We are pleased due process is finally underway, after a battle by Sean Rigg's family for truth and justice that has been ongoing for nearly five years. It should not be down to organisations like INQUEST and families themselves to hold the police to account.

“We hope that this reflects a wider move towards greater scrutiny and accountability of the police and their conduct."

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