Mental health bosses 'ignoring deaths in custody'

originally by: The Voice Online
published: 12 September 2012

Nothing has changed since the tragic death of Sean Rigg in the way black people with mental health problems are treated, one of his sisters has said. Sean, a 40-year-old musician, died at Brixton Police Station in August 2008 after being detained and restrained by officers amid a mental health crisis.

Though his medical records were easily accessible, officers took him to the station rather than a secure mental heath unit.

Speaking at a Lambeth Community Police Consultative Group (CPCG) meeting in Stockwell, south London, on September 11, Marcia Rigg-Samuel said: “We are here to bring awareness and we are going nowhere till we get it. It is not just a black issue. It is a class issue… Lessons have not been learnt because people are still dying.”

“It does not take two brains to know you do not sit on someone until they can’t breathe,” she added.

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