Sean RiggsOn 21 August 2008, Sean Rigg, a 40-year-old black British musician and music producer died following a cardiac arrest while in police custody at the entrance to Brixton police station.

IPCC investigation and Coroner's inquest

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) launched an investigation into Rigg's death on the following day. The investigation, which took 18 months to complete, concluded that there was no evidence of neglect or wrongdoing and that the police had acted "reasonably and proportionately."

In August 2012 however, an inquest jury at Southwark Coroner's Court returned a narrative verdict which concluded that the police had used "unsuitable and unnecessary force" on Rigg. It further stated that officers failed to uphold Rigg's basic rights and that the failings of the police "more than minimally" contributed to his death. 

The inquest highlighted serious shortfalls in the IPCC's investigation, while South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust was also criticised for failing to organise a mental health assessment for Rigg and failing to ensure that he took his medication.

Read more about the inquest into Sean Rigg's death


On 01.03.2019 Five police officers were cleared of misconduct over the death in custody of Sean Rigg. Please click here to read Black Thrive's official statement since the news.