About 100 people demonstrated yesterday (21 August) afternoon in front of Brixton Police Station to remember the death of Sean Rigg, who got arrested on 21 August in 2008 by police, “restrained” and transported to Brixton police station in the back of a van. He was removed from the van in a collapsed state and died a short while after whilst in the station yard. He was 40 years old.
Speakers included many family members of victims of police brutality, including Sean Riggs sisters. Protestors enrolled a giant list with the names of victims of police violance in front of the station entrance.
Despite the obvious suspicious circumstances surrounding Sean’s death, the Independent Police Complaints Commission’s (IPCC) report completed in February 2010 with no results. Sean’s family described the report as “heavily biased in favour of the police”. In a statement, the family’s solicitor asked: “What happened to Sean in those crucial minutes between him being arrested and arriving in a collapsed state at Brixton police station? Why haven’t they been able to access key CCTV footage from the night?”
Speakers remembered the long history of police violence in London and also mentioned the death of Ian Tomlinson, who died during the G20 protest in 2009 after being beaten by police officers.
After the picket about 40 people tried to enter Brixton Police Station to talk to an offcial representative, but were denied access to the offices. They remained inside for about 15 minutes shouting “No Justice, no peace!” (video: http://london.indymedia.org/videos/5434 )
The protest was followed by a public meeting in the Karibu Eductaion Centre in Brixton in the evening.
More information about the case of Sean Rigg: http://seanriggjusticeandchange.com