A Reader writes about Newsnight 1st August…
“A new low for the BBC. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-19049173
Sean Rigg – well known mental health problem – died in police custody in 2008. Newsnight presented no facts of the case, stated no cause of death; the BBC simply allowed the family to emote, angrily calling for officers to be criminally charged and/or disciplined. There was no balance, no acknowledgement of the police’s difficult position in dealing with ‘crazies’……. something that is hard work and hazardous……..so much so that Sean Rigg’s ‘loving’ family didn’t want him to live with them. Kirsty Wark was like a witch-finder, and the interview of the senior officer was an inquisition. No facts, no evidence, just the verdict and the family emoting – appalling.
p.s. Yesterday was the funeral of PC Ian Dibell of Essex Police, shot by a ‘crazy’ whilst off duty. Why did the BBC not mention this?