Watch - Doc 'Who Polices The Police?' (Inquiry Into death Of A Black Man At Hands Of Police)

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by Tambay A. Obenson
August 30, 2012 3:10 PM
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The story goes...

Sean Rigg dies in a caged area in Brixton Police Station in August 2008 and the Independent Police Complaint Commission (IPCC) are called in to investigate. Sean's family are shocked at the death and this soon turns to anger when the government appointed IPCC begin to make error after error in its inquiry - is it incompetence or collusion?

Sean's family begin a four year struggle to investigate the death themselves and in the process ask, 'Who Polices The Police?'

The film is a blow-by-blow account of their journey, as they question the police officers' accounts, visit the crime scene, speak to witnesses, examine evidence. Harrowing footage emerges that show the last moments of Sean's life. The family watch in horror. The conclusion they come to - Sean died at the hands of the police.

Using powerful testimonies, poetry and a political analysis of police violence, the film explores the tactics of the IPCC and, through the family of Sean Rigg, challenge its claim that it is independent of the police. Meanwhile the deaths the IPCC oversees, continue.

Protecting the image of the police becomes an alter on which hundreds of people that have died in police custody are sacrificed. The IPCC administer last rites and no officers are ever successfully prosecuted for their crimes.

In the film the facts of political appointments and ex-police officers leading the investigation teams, are exposed. The might of the state is challenged by one family.

'Who Polices The Police?' builds fragments of reality, of memory and of resistance into a powerful document about a struggle for justice.

A Migrant Media Production.

A trailer for the film follows below (although it's really just the opening sequence of the film); you can watch the full hour-long documentary HERE on Vimeo; the filmmaker hasn't allowed it to shared for some reason (h/t EC Forde for the link):

Who Polices The Police? - Trailer from Migrant Media on Vimeo.

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2 Comments

  • ALM | August 30, 2012 10:04 PMReply

    A sad situation that should NEVER happen....

  • D.C. Kirkwood | August 30, 2012 9:01 PMReply

    This is a very tragic situation that happens all to often to people of color male and female all over the world at the hand of the police. All too often these type of things go unchecked. It's only going to get worst as we allow society to privatize our prisons and build more prisons, because it's big profit and promotes jobs in certain states. If you ask me we do have enough agencies set up to police the police but it doesnt deter them from violating our rights. Look how many police officers get caught on their own car cameras using excessive force and the fact that they shoot certain people 30 to 40 times. I think you just have a healthy respect for human life and a strong moral fiber before you put on the badge.

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