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.
‘No other organisation has worked so closely with bereaved families throughout the investigation and inquest process. INQUEST has a unique insight into the daily difficulties families face while striving to cope in the aftermath of a death in custody. The Skills and Support Toolkit can provide you with practical advice needed to continue and maintain your day to day life at a time when even the simplest of tasks can seem insurmountable, or help you develop the skills needed to mount a campaign. ’
– Mother of a child who died in prison