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Published time: January 08, 2014 20:12
Relatives and supporters of Mark Duggan, a man shot dead by police in 2011, including Mark's mother Pam Duggan (C back), brothers Shaun Hall (front C) and Marlon (CL) and aunt Carole (CR) address the waiting media outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London on January 8, 2014 after the inquest jury presented its conclusion.(AFP Photo / Ben Stansall)

Relatives and supporters of Mark Duggan, a man shot dead by police in 2011, including Mark's mother Pam Duggan (C back), brothers Shaun Hall (front C) and Marlon (CL) and aunt Carole (CR) address the waiting media outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London on January 8, 2014 after the inquest jury presented its conclusion.(AFP Photo / Ben Stansall)

Despite being completely unarmed, 29-year-old Mark Duggan was lawfully killed by the police, a UK jury ruled by a majority of eight to two on Wednesday. The shooting of the Londoner in August 2011 provoked the worst riots in the country’s modern history.

With the same eight-to-two margin, the jury decided that Duggan had been weaponless when he was surrounded by the officers.

However, the majority in the jury concluded that the man “threw” the gun from a cab just before being stopped by the police.

Duggan was suspected of being a gang member, with officers stating that he collected a weapon in east London just before the incident happened.

He was shot twice after he got out of the taxi, with one bullet going through his arm and another delivering a lethal wound to the chest.

The gun became central to the inquest as it had been found several meters away from Duggan’s body, wrapped in a sock, with no fingerprints on it.

Duggan’s family and defense were shocked with the jury’s decision, calling it perverse and promising to consider seeking a judicial review.

Mark Duggan.(Photo from facebook.com/RIP-Mark-Duggan)

“It’s unbelievable. That’s just about what I can say for now,” Shaun Hall, Duggan’s brother, told the Guardian newspaper.

“The jury found that he had no gun in his hand and yet he was gunned down. For us that's an unlawful killing,”
Marcia Willis Stewart, the family’s lawyer, said.

The statement by Metropolitan police assistant commissioner, Mark Rowley, was barely heard due to a large crowd outside the court shouting: “Who killed Mark Duggan?” and “murderers.”

“It’s significant” that a jury of Londoners concluded that “Mark Duggan had a gun, and also that our officer had an honest and reasonable belief that Mark Duggan still had the gun when he shot him,” Rowley stressed.

The police boss also said that he is willing to meet with the Duggan family “to express our sorrow,” to the people, who “lost a loved one”.

A protest over Mark Duggan’s killing on August 6, 2011 led to clashes with the police, sparking several days of riots in London and other English towns.

Mass looting, arson and violence ended only on August 11, with over 1,000 people later charged in connection with the disturbance.

British riot policemen stand in front of a burning building in Croydon.(AFP Photo / Carl De Souza)

Comments (24)

 

Christine Pawson 09.01.2014 20:53

Why should the public have any faith in The Met police. Why have they "retired" DCL Clive Driscoll ?, an investigating officer involved in seeking the Truth for Stephen Lawrence trusted by his mother Doreen Lawrence . What were they afraid of ? that the whole Truth was going to be finally revealed and Stephen Lawrence allowed to rest in peace.
Start policing as you should,by consensus of the people ,until you do, you do not deserve the publics trust or respect

 

Anikin Neboshetac 09.01.2014 17:35

But the "obviously" ; impartial cosmopolitan citizen doesn't wonder -How did the police persuade the jury that the victim had a gun in the first place!? By testimony or photo? No, Police described it all ="officers stating that he collected a weapon in east London just before the incident happened"! He was killed "on the assumption" that he still had a gun, but the law doesn't authorize deadly force on assumption!
It is a clear case of racially motivated murder by the police! It happens in USA, UK, France and many other countries! It needs to be STOPED! Don't keep quiet![quote name='John Baker' time='09.01.2014 16:02']

 

John Baker 09.01.2014 16:02

Cant help wondering if there is a link between the extraorinary length of time between the killing of Mr Duggan and the inquest verdict; could it be that it took time to select the right jury? Of course not; that would open a vista of such appalling delinquency amongst those charged with protecting the public....

As for the racist junk so far on this comment line - crawl back into the woodwork where you wont have to face daylight.

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