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Inquiry opens into 2005 police shooting of Azelle Rodney

Issue No. 2319

A public inquiry into the police shooting of Azelle Rodney began on Monday of this week.

Azelle was shot by a Metropolitan Police officer while he sat in the back of a parked car in Edgware, north London, in April 2005. The inquiry heard that Azelle was shot six times.

Police said the case was a question of national security and could not disclose details of the intelligence.

A coroner halted an inquest into the shooting in 2010. He said he could not proceed as large parts of the police witness statements had been blanked out.

Azelle’s family has campaigned for justice for seven years and joined annual United Families and Friends protests over deaths in police custody.

Azelle’s mother, Susan Alexander, told Socialist Worker in 2010, “All I want is the truth.”

Kingsley Burrell buried at last

The family of Kingsley Burrell were finally able to bury him last Friday, almost 18 months after he died.

Mourners and relatives marched to a cemetery after the funeral. Kingsley died in hospital after being arrested and sectioned in March last year.

There has been no inquest into the death and his family hasn’t received a final coroners’ report. Last month a march was held, demanding justice.

Join this year’s United Families and Friends protest. Assemble 12.30pm in Trafalgar Square, London, Saturday 27 October

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Tue 4 Sep 2012, 17:52 BST
Issue No. 2319
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