Luton councillors give unanimous support to ‘Leon’s Law’

Benjamin Zephaniah pays respect to Leon Briggs 2013
Benjamin Zephaniah pays respect to Leon – 2013

by: Luton On Sunday
published 22 Jan 2014

Campaigners have moved once step closer to the implementation of ‘Leon’s Law’, after Luton councillors unanimously voted to support the use of body worn cameras by police officers.

‘Leon’s Law’ was proposed following the death of 39-year-old Leon Briggs, who died in the custody of Bedfordshire police on the November 4, 2013.

The father of two was detained under Section 136 of the Mental Health Act and died shortly after his arrival into the custody suite at Luton police station.

The proposed law demands that all interactions between the police and the public are recorded via body worn cameras.

Speaking at the full council meeting on Tuesday night, leader of Luton council Hazel Simmons said: “The council supports in principle the immediate introduction for all police constables to wear body worn video equipments which is to be activated during all arrests, detentions or use of force”.

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