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Mark Duggan did not shoot at police

Issue No. 2265

Mark Duggan, the 29-year old black man who was shot dead by police in Tottenham on 4 August, did not shoot at police before he was killed.

The bullet found lodged in a police radio was not fired by Mark, but was “consistent with being fired from a police gun”, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said last week.

This contradicts earlier police reports that Mark was shot because he fired at police.

Mark was shot after police stopped the minicab in which he was a passenger.

His family found out about how he died from press reports—the police did not bother to inform them.

A gun found in a sock in the minicab was unfired, according to the IPCC.

The officer who fired the shots that killed Mark has been removed from firearms duty—but this was the limit to his “punishment”.

Unlike those arrested for rioting and looting, he keeps his job, pay and freedom.

An inquest into Mark’s death began last week, with the hearing set for 12 December.


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