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Campaigners in emotional vigil for Leon Briggs

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More than 300 family, friends and campaigners turned out on a freezing December evening to mark the one month anniversary of the death of Leon Briggs..

The 39-year-old father-of-two died in police custody after being arrested in Marsh Road, Luton on November 4.

His death is now the subject of an independent inquiry but campaigners have set up Justice4Leon to make sure justice is done.

The crowd outside Luton police station on Wednesday, where a makeshift shrine has been growing since Leon’s death, heard from his friends, and campaigners for other men who have died in police custody.

Cyril Mitchell, one of Leon’s closest friends and Chairman of Committee for Justice 4 Leon Briggs, paid tribute to Leon’s family and said they would not rest until they find answers to Leon’s death.

One of the speakers was Carole Duggan, aunt of Mark Duggan whose inquest into his death during a police investigation is now taking place.

She said families affected by deaths in police custody need to band together to ensure events are not covered up.

And campaigners have said they will hold monthly vigils.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) says 60 witnesses have come forward during the ongoing investigation.

In the week following Mr Briggs’ death, five police officers and two members of civilian staff were interviewed under criminal caution by IPCC investigators on suspicion of offences including gross negligence and/or unlawful act manslaughter, misconduct in public office, and/or offences under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

The police workers are currently under suspension during the investigations.

- See more at: http://www.ipcc.gov.uk/news/ipcc-outlines-scope-investigation-death-leon-briggs#sthash.gFDeyMt8.dpuf

 

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