12 Mar 2021

Police and ambulance failings contributed to Leon Briggs’ death, inquest jury finds

An inquest jury has found serious failings by police and ambulance staff led to the death of Leon Briggs in 2013. The jury found the mixed race father should have been treated as a medical emergency when he was detained under the Mental Health Act while suffering a psychotic episode. Instead he was heavily restrained and later left face down and dying on the floor of a police cell.

And a warning: this report from Simon Israel, who has covered this story for the last four years, contains disturbing footage.