The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has sent its investigation report into the Sean Rigg case to the Criminal Prosecution Service (CPS) to determine whether criminal charges should be brought against two serving officers involved.
Rigg, aged 40, who had a diagnosis of schizophrenia, died at Brixton police station in May 2008 after suffering from a heart arrhythmia.
He had been arrested in Brixton after a claim he had attacked passers-by in Balham, south London. In a 2012 inquest the coroner found that in the arrest, three Metropolitan police officers had restrained Rigg in the prone position for 8 minutes, a length of time that “more than minimally” contributed to his death.
Returning a narrative verdict, the coroner found police handling of the death had showed an “absence of leadership”.
Now, the IPCC has concluded its investigation into the case, which it began in August 2012 following a referral from the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS).
On March 27, 2013 two serving MPS officers and one who has now retired were arrested by IPCC investigators in connection with the investigation.
A sergeant and police constable were arrested on suspicion of perjury and perverting the course of justice.
The IPCC has notified the retired officer, who was arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice, that his actions have not been referred to the CPS.