Claire calls for review into deaths in police custody

Today in the Scottish Parliament there was a Scottish Government statement on Police Scotland following the deaths of Sheku Bayoh, Lamara Bell and John Yuill on the M9 and controversy over stop and search.

I was able to question the Justice Secretary on the upcoming reviews of Police Scotland and called for these to include reviewing deaths in police custody and the powers of Pirc (Police Investigations and Review Commissioner).

I have been working closely with the family of Sheku to get answer regarding what happened that morning. I’ve previously met with Pirc and the Lord Advocate to discuss the case.

His tragic death raised many unanswered questions and it is vital that the family are able to learn the truth about what happened that morning.

It is also vital that we ensure the process of investigating deaths in custody is robust and that it instils confidence in the public. That is why I have called for a review.

You can view the statement on the video below. My question can be viewed at 29 minutes.

You can read my question here and the full statement here.