Delays to Leon police probe ‘unacceptable’

Leon Briggs died on November 4 2013
Leon Briggs died on November 4 2013

Protracted delays to an IPCC probe into the death of Leon Briggs have been branded “unacceptable”.

Leon, 39, died after being detained at the Luton Police Station under the Mental Health Act in November 2013. Five officers were then suspended.

The incident has since been probed by the Independent Police Complaints Commission, but despite the father-of-two’s family being told to expect a report around Easter there have not yet been any published findings.

Campaigners told the Herald &Post that the IPCC has delayed the conclusion of the investigation to wait on two reports, one of which is said to be coming from West Midlands Police inspector Michael Brown.

Insp Brown, who has previously referred to officers as “street-corner psychiatrists”, is the mental health coordinator at the College of Policing.

Liberty Louise, of the Justice 4 Leon campaign, told us: “This wait is totally unacceptable,and again is seen as an attempt to lower any possible charges, by bringing unrelated reports from non independent sources.

“The IPCC refuse to give the families solicitor a time frame... it is nearly three years since the investigation began and like so many other cases involving deaths in custody we have seen reports of collusion within the force and delay after delay in the family being given a conclusion.”