White London Police Officer Goes Free After Gunning Down Unarmed Black Man
A 29-year-old black London man who was fatally shot by a police officer while unarmed won’t have justice anytime soon, as a jury recently decided that the officer’s shooting was justified and lawful.
via The Independent
The family of Mark Duggan reacted with fury and anguished disbelief yesterday after an inquest jury found that he was lawfully killed but did not have a gun in his hand as a police marksman shot him fatally in the chest.
After three months of heated and sometimes contradictory evidence, the panel of seven women and three men decided by a majority of eight to two that the killing which sparked the worst riots in post-war Britain had been within the bounds of the law.
The Duggan family’s lawyer described the finding as “perverse” and announced an application for a judicial review of the inquest proceedings was being considered. As police last night stepped up patrols in Tottenham, north London, Mr Duggan’s aunt, Carole, said her nephew had been “executed”.
Amid anguished outbursts in the stifling court room from family members, jurors found by a majority of nine to one that the 29-year-old, who was believed by police to have been an active member of a criminal gang, had thrown clear the gun he had collected from an underworld quartermaster as the minicab in which he was travelling was stopped by armed Scotland Yard officers in Tottenham in August 2011.
The jury had heard evidence from the police marksman who fired the shots, known only by his call sign of V53, that he had seen the father-of-five levelling a gun, hidden in a sock, towards him as he pulled the trigger on his weapon.
Relatives and supporters of Mark Duggan address the waiting media outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London
Other witnesses gave conflicting accounts, ranging from testimony that Mr Duggan had been carrying a mobile phone when the shots rang out to the allegation of one woman that the weapon had been planted by police.
Do you think suspecting someone who isn’t posing an immediate threat of being a gang member is legit justification for an officer to shoot?