Neil Riddel, 19, died in police custody in Keith (Banffshire, UK) in July 1991.
His body was found near his home. The inquiry ruled he had committed suicide, but his family believes he died in police custody. According to his family, Riddel filed a complaint over an assault by an officer shortly before his death.
Riddel’s brother asked the Crown to reopen the case but in April 2021 the family received a letter on behalf of Lord Advocate. The letter stated there was no evidence there had been any foul play involved in Neil’s death. Riddel’s brother believes that the refusal to conduct a new investigation reveals that police was involved in the death.
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“We’ve always been very unhappy with the police investigation into Neil’s death. We have never believed Neil committed suicide,” Riddel’s brother said.
“Neil had put in a complaint saying he’d been assaulted in custody. He couldn’t have been found dead in custody with that investigation going on,” Riddel’s brother said.
The FBI initiative group requested clarifications on the current case from British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Justice Minister and Lord Chancellor Robert Buckland, and British Home Secretary Priti Sushil Patel. The initiative group considers it necessary to combat police brutality and, if necessary, can provide legal and informational assistance to the family of the victim.