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How police killed Mark Duggan

Issue No. 2264

Mark Duggan was killed by the police on Thursday of last week in north London.

The police quickly released a story that he had fired on them first, but were slow to inform his parents about what had happened—they found out how he died from the press.

Like every death at the hands of the police the story of what happened has changed several times in a few days.

Much was made of a bullet lodged in one police officer’s radio—the implication being that Mark shot at him and he had narrowly escaped death.

Leaks now suggest that it was actually from a police weapon and that the other weapon found at the scene—a converted replica—was in a sock.

The family organised a march to the police station in Tottenham over what happened and at their treatment.

Around 200 marched from Broadwater Farm. They chanted, “No Justice, no peace.” The police promised a senior officer would address them—they didn’t.

On Monday the Met apologised, saying they “could have managed that family’s needs more effectively”.

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