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Family of man shot dead by police call for protests

Anthony Grainger was shot dead in a village car park

Issue No. 2297

Anthony Grainger, a 36 year old father of two, was in a red Audi with two friends in a car park in Culcheth, Cheshire, on 3 March.

After 24 minutes a grey Audi drove up in front of them. An occupant of the newly arrived car fired a single bullet from a Heckler & Koch submachine gun.

It went through the windscreen of the other car before entering the side of Anthony’s body The bullet passed through both of his lungs and his heart.

The occupants of the grey Audi were officers from Greater Manchester Police.

Police had an ongoing surveillance operation on Anthony and his friends.

Despite this, no CCTV footage of the incident has been provided by police.

There was no weapon found in the car Anthony was in. And a police document obtained by the Mail on Sunday newspaper suggests that police had little evidence for thinking that Anthony or his friends were armed.

Reports after Anthony’s death said that police had told him several times to put his hands up. But later investigations show that the car park was in total darkness. So how could the police have seen if he was obeying them?

Wesley Ahmed, Anthony’s cousin, spoke to Socialist Worker. “We have to make people aware of this,” he said. “Police use smokescreens to cover things up. The system is rotten to the core.

“We just want answers and justice. We want the people who murdered our Anthony in front of a jury.”

The Grainger family are calling on protests outside police stations across the country on 17 June.


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