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Mark Duggan wasn’t armed when police killed him

by Simon Basketter
Issue No. 2279

Mark Duggans funeral procession

Mark Duggan's funeral procession (Pic: Guy Smallman)

Police killed Mark Duggan in August in Tottenham, north London. The investigation into his death is in chaos.

Two members of a group set up to ensure community confidence in the investigation have resigned, denouncing the inquiry.

The police story of what happened on the day of Mark’s death, which sparked an uprising across inner cites, is unravelling.

Contrary to the Metropolitan Police’s initial version of events, evidence shows that Mark was not carrying a weapon.

Police alleged that Mark had collected the gun earlier on the day he was killed.

It was found 10 to 14 feet away from where his body was found, on the other side of a fence.

No trace of the young man’s DNA or fingerprints have been found on the gun, or the sock that it is said to have been wrapped in.

The gun had not been fired.

Police initially announced that Mark had fired a bullet which lodged in a radio worn by one of the officers. In fact the bullet had been fired by one of the officers.

No explanation has been offered as to why, having followed Mark for some time, the police suddenly decided he was dangerous.

Mark was in a taxi when police shot him.

Police moved the taxi “before independent investigators examined the scene,” according to the Guardian newspaper’s account of the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) investigation.

And the gun found at the scene may have been used in a crime a week earlier.

The IPCC is investigating whether two officers did not do enough to investigate the alleged incident at the time.

There are many unanswered questions.

For a start, who found the gun and when?

Police said the gun was in a shoebox in the back of the taxi Duggan was in.

So how did it get up to 14 feet away from Mark Duggan’s body when the shoe box stayed in the car?

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Tue 22 Nov 2011, 18:25 GMT
Issue No. 2279
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