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Mark Duggan inquest: Family fury at lawful killing decision
7 months ago

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Mark Duggan's aunt Carole, speaking outside court: "He was executed"

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Mark Duggan's family have said they will fight for justice after an inquest jury concluded by a majority of 8 to 2 that he was lawfully killed by police.

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Mr Duggan was shot dead by armed officers in August 2011 in Tottenham, sparking riots across England.

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Following the inquest at the Royal Courts of Justice, his aunt Carole Duggan said he had been "executed".

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Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe has asked for a meeting with local community leaders.

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There were angry scenes outside the court, with supporters of Mr Duggan's family chanting "murderers" at Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley as he read a statement.

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'Lethal force'

Jurors concluded Mr Duggan did not have a gun when he was shot by officers who surrounded a minicab he was travelling in.

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But the jury said it was more likely than not that Mr Duggan had thrown a gun from the vehicle just before he was killed. The weapon was found about 20ft (6m) away from the scene.

7 months ago

Mr Duggan's family said he was "executed"
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BBC News home affairs correspondent Dominic Casciani tweeted: "I don't think I have ever heard of a jury, performing their civic duty, being abused in court by members of the public."

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Following the conclusion to the inquest, an Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) spokesperson said: "We note the inquest jury's determination and findings and we are considering them as a matter of urgency in relation to our ongoing investigation."

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'No justice, no peace'

Outside court, his aunt Carole Duggan said: "The majority of people in this country know that Mark was executed.

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"We're going to fight until we have no breath in our body for justice for Mark, for his children, and for all of those (unclear) with deaths in custody that have had nothing.

"We are not giving up. No justice, no peace!"

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But Met Police Commissioner Mr Hogan-Howe said: "I welcome the verdict of a jury that our officers acted lawfully when they confronted an armed criminal who they believed posed a threat to them and to the public.

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"The death of Mark Duggan in 2011 was a tragedy for his family and led to a significant reduction in trust between London's black communities and the Metropolitan Police.

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"I know that we have much work to do with black Londoners to build trust and confidence in the Metropolitan Police.

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"I have asked some of the capital's political representatives, and local community leaders from Tottenham, to meet me tomorrow [Thursday] to discuss how the Metropolitan Police can build better relationships for the future."

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'Shot on sight'

The Duggan's family lawyer Marcia Willis Stewart said "We can't believe this was the outcome. He had no gun in his hand, yet he was shot, he was murdered.

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"To us, that is unlawful killing."

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In a statement later, Ms Stewart said: "The jury has found that Mark Duggan was unarmed at the point at which he was shot.

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"We cannot countenance a situation in which an unarmed citizen is shot on sight.

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"The jury found that there were failings in the way the police conducted the gathering and actioning of evidence. Had they done their job properly, this fatal shooting could have been avoided.

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She added the family would seek an urgent meeting with the IPCC, their MP David Lammy, and MP Keith Vaz, in order to ensure the IPCC "carry a vigorous review".

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Deborah Coles, from the charity Inquest, said Mr Duggan's family were considering whether to apply for the decision to be judicially reviewed.

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This post was modified from its original form on 08 Jan, 17:16
7 months ago

Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley attempted to read a statement outside court
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Outside court, Assistant Commissioner Rowley attempted to read a statement which said the force had sympathy with Mr Duggan's family.

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"No officer sets out at the start of the day to run an operation that results in someone dying," he said.

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"We send out well-trained, professional armed officers thousands of times a year to combat this threat [of gun violence], only firing shots once or twice. These careful tactics have significantly reduced gun crime."

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He added: "We know the trust is not shared by everyone. I will be offering to meet Mark Duggan's family to express our sorrow."

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Tottenham MP David Lammy said the IPCC investigation had questions to answer, in particular what happened days before the shooting.

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He said: "The Duggan family's sorrow and anger was palpable in court this afternoon and it is a feeling that will inevitably be reflected in the wider community.

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"Further clarification on the events surrounding Mark Duggan's shooting is essential to enable the relationship between the community and the police to move forward.

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"There are aspects of this verdict that are somewhat perplexing and seemingly contradictory to those of who us who have carefully followed the proceedings over the last few months."

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Tottenham 'calm'

A Home Office spokeswoman said it was "inappropriate to comment" while the IPCC was still carrying out its investigation.

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BBC News correspondent Tom Symonds, who is in Tottenham, said the area was "very calm but has a high police presence".

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The Met said there was an operation in place across London this evening where they have the ability to deploy extra officers if needed.

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After Mr Duggan was shot, rioting spread across London and other parts of England in what became some of the worst disturbances in decades.

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The inquest began in September. Before the jurors retired for what was seven days of deliberation, Judge Keith Cutler told them to reach their decisions "on the evidence and the evidence alone".

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The coroner thanked the jury and told them they will be excused from future jury service for life if they want.

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7 months ago

So sad an other yuong man lost his life by a terrible mistake the police did 

Thank you Ray for brigging this up 

7 months ago

thank you for all the hard work!

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