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Mark Duggan police refuse to give evidence

Issue No. 2301

The 31 police officers involved in the fatal shooting of Mark Duggan—which sparked last year’s August riots—are refusing to be interviewed for the investigation into his death.

Police killed Mark near his home in Tottenham, north London, in circumstances that are still unexplained.

The investigation is being run by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC). But it does not have the power to force witnesses to give evidence unless it makes them suspects.

The police officer who shot Mark is part of the Metropolitan Police firearms unit CO19. He has not been named.

He and the other officers who were at the scene of Mark’s death have given written statements—but they are refusing to talk to the IPCC face?to-face.

New video footage has emerged of the aftermath of the shooting. It shows paramedics trying to save Mark as he lay dying.

An eyewitness says, “They blocked him in, they blocked him in. He jumped out... and then he’s taken out—they shot him.”

The riots started after Mark’s family and friends marched to the local police station to demand answers—and received none.

Nine months on we are still no closer to justice for Mark Duggan.

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Tue 1 May 2012, 16:40 BST
Issue No. 2301
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