Independent Review into Deaths in Police Custody - call for evidence
29 February 2016
The Home Secretary has announced an independent review, conducted by Dame Elish Angiolini QC, after hearing from the families of Sean Rigg and Olaseni Lewis who died following police restraint.
The review will consider deaths which take place in police custody, following police use of force and self-inflicted deaths within 48 hours of release from custody.
INQUEST Director Deborah Coles has been appointed special advisor to the review. INQUEST is organising family listening days and carrying out policy work to inform the review. INQUEST will also be submitting a detailed response to the consultation.
To access the public consultation questions and background information on the review please click on this link.
INQUEST would like to encourage bereaved families, lawyers and all others associated with our work to provide their views to the consultation.
The closing date is 6 May 2016.
‘I’ve been a long-time supporter of the crucial work that INQUEST does. Until there is legislation to change the way inquests are conducted and the provision of legal and psychological support to the bereaved of those who died in custody, INQUEST will continue to be a vital source of support for families.’
– Linton Kwesi Johnson