Marcia Rigg

Marcia’s brother Sean Rigg died in 2008 following restraint by multiple police officers while experiencing a mental health crisis. The jury returned a four-page litany of failures by South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, the police officers and others.

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Tippa Naphtali

Tippa’s cousin, Mikey Powell had a history of mental illness. He was violently restrained by officers whilst in a distressed state in 2003. An inquest jury found that Mikey died from positional asphyxia.

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Lee Lawrence

In 1985, Lee’s mother Dorothy Cherry Groce was shot and paralysed by police officers following an ill planned dawn raid on her home. She died in 2011. The jury found that the shot resulted in medical complications leading to Cherry’s death.

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Lee Jarman

Lee’s brother Kevin Scarlett had history of mental ill health. He died in 2013 in Woodhill Prison. The jury returned a critical narrative identifying a number of steps that should have been followed to safeguard Kevin against a risk of suicide and self-harm.

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Tony Herbert

Tony's son James Herbert died in police custody 2010. The inquest heard that restraint, a lack of communication amongst the officers regarding James’ mental health and a delay in calling for medical help may have contributed to his death.

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Aziz Ahmed

Aziz’s uncle, Daha Mohamed, died whilst detained in a mental health unit, the Bracton Centre, Dartford, in 2014. The inquest jury concluded that Daha’s death was linked to multiple failings, including inadequate monitoring of Daha’s health on the night of his death.

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Anna Susianta

Anna’s son Jack Susianta died in 2015 after being chased by the police, causing him to jump into a canal, where he was watched drowning by a large crowd who were held back. He had previously suffered a drug-induced psychotic episode and been taken to Homerton Hospital A&E where he was subjected to a high level of restraint by police officers.

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Merlin Emanuel Boreland

Merlin is the nephew of the iconic British rapper, Smiley Culture (formally known as David Emanuel), who died in contentious circumstances following a stab wound to the heart during a police visit in 2011. Smiley is said to have taken his life after he obtained a knife in his house.

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Tania El-Keria

Tania’s 14-year-old daughter, Amy El-Keria, died in 2012 at Priory Ticehurst Hospital after being admitted as an informal mental health patient. The inquest concluded that neglect had contributed to Amy’s death, with the jury identifying wide-ranging individual and systemic failures on the part of the hospital.

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Chris Pryor

Chris’ son Chay Pryor had a history of mental health problems and had been diagnosed with ADHD. He died in HMP High Down in 2008 after he was found hanging in a Listener’s Suite in the early hours of the morning. It was found that opportunities to intervene before Chay’s death were missed.

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