A family who’ve endured two years without answers as to why their relative Sean Rigg died in police custody are to hold a candlelight vigil in his memory at 5pm on Saturday August 21st outside Brixton police station, South London.
Speaking about the vigil to the campaign group Black Mental Health UK Sean’s sister Samantha Rigg-David said:
“We want something to come out of this event and to do more than just mark another year since our brother lost his life while in police custody.
The memorial is of great importance as we plan to use it as a way of reminding officials responsible for the investigation into his Sean’s death that this issue is very much alive and cannot be swept under the carpet.”
“This terrible incident has shattered community confidence in the police’s ability to manage situations involving vulnerable mental health patients when they are in crisis and in urgent need of health care.We need to see an end to the use of police cells as places of saftey and a speedy response to the Rigg family’s calls to answers as to exactly how thier brother died.”
The vigil will be followed by a special public meeting from 6.00 – 8.00pm and will be an opportunity for Sean’s family members and the wider community to discuss the numbers of vulnerable people who’ve lost their lives while in the custody of those whose job it is to uphold the law.
For further details about the vigil and the campaign please log on to the campaign website here.