‘Police interaction with the public should be filmed’

Leon Briggsoriginally by: The Voice Online
published: 23 December 2013

Campaigners fighting for justice for Leon Briggs who died in police custody are calling for a law to force officers to film all interaction with the public.

Referred to as “Leon Law”, the proposal was made by The Justice for Leon Committee at a community meeting in Luton, involving representatives from the police, council and the local community. The issue is to be further discussed at a full council meeting in January.

The committee was set up by friends and family to determine what happened to Briggs in the hours before his death, and to ensure that those responsible are held accountable. It also aims to prevent further deaths in custody.

Liberty Louise, deputy chair and legal advisor of the group, told Luton on Sunday: “We want it to be compulsory for police officers to wear Body Worn Video (BWV) with audio when any interaction with the public is required – from arrest to arriving at the police station.”

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