13 September 2018

As the 5 year anniversary of the death of Leon Briggs approaches, the Crown Prosecution Service have confirmed they will be taking no further action over the Bedfordshire police restraint related death of the vulnerable 39 year old in November 2013.

Deborah Coles, Director of INQUEST said:

“Excessive delays and negative prosecuting decisions are sadly all too familiar when it comes to deaths following the use of force by police officers. There is a systemic reluctance on the part of the CPS to allow a judge and jury to determine criminality in these cases which begs questions as to whether the rule of law applies to police officers.  Another family now look to the inquest to provide a semblance of accountability.”

For more information see the media release from Hodge Jones & Allen, who are representing the family.