Scotland Yard has launched a review, chaired by Lord Adebowale, the Chief Executive of the charity Turning Point, of cases in which people with a mental illness have died or been seriously hurt whilst in police custody. The review is due to give its report in February 2013.
This follows the finding last month at an inquest concerning the death of Sean Rigg that officers used "unsuitable" restraint on the 40-year-old schizophrenic who died in 2008 from a cardiac arrest while in custody. It was found that both the police and NHS mental health trust made a catalogue of errors which "more than minimally" contributed to Mr Rigg's death.
There will be a review of cases over the past five years where an individual with a mental illness has died or suffered serious injury following contact with the police.