Police criticized for not suspending officer facing charges

Scotland Yard has been criticized for failing to suspend a police officer after he was charged with perjury over evidence he gave at the inquest into the death of a man in custody.

Sgt Paul White, who gave evidence at the inquest to the death of Rigg in police custody, has not been suspended despite facing charges and being placed on limited duties, according to the Crown Prosecution Service.

The CPS inquest into the death found officers had enforced “unstable” levels of force upon arresting Rigg in 2008. Following allegations against the officer and PC Mark Harratt last year, the CPS said it would not take any further action but has now backtracked it’s decision.

This comes following a requested review by the Rigg family, spearheaded by his sister, Marcia Rigg.

Rigg was arrested in 2008 following a mental health breakdown in a hostel he was living in at the time. Reports police were called in to retrain him after her was seen acting strangely.

But the 2012 inquest found the officers had used excessive force by pinning him to the ground and said the police had made a number of errors which “more than minimally” contributed to his death.

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