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Police must hand over Azelle Rodney footage, judge rules

Issue No. 2325

A judge has ruled that the police must hand over video footage to the legal team of the family of Azelle Rodney. Azelle was shot by a police officer at point blank range in April 2005.

The Met had lodged a judicial review against a ruling that the family’s legal team should be allowed to see the footage. The legal team wanted to see the video so they could argue it should be released.

There was no inquest into Azelle’s death because police said information gathered covertly should be kept secret for national security reasons.

Suzanne Alexander, Azelle’s mother, accused police of “executing” her son in her statement to the hearing.


I felt violated, Mauro tells court

Mauro Demetrio has told a court he felt “violated” when he was arrested in east London last year, days after the riots. An arresting officer told him, “The problem with you is you will always be a nigger.”

PC Alex MacFarlane is accused of causing racially aggravated intentional harassment, alarm or distress. He denies the charges. Mauro recorded the arrest on his mobile phone. The trial continues.


Long sentences for helicopter group

Four people were jailed last week as part of a group that shot at a police helicopter during riots in Birmingham last year. Beniha Laing was sentenced to 35 years and Wesley Gray to 29 years.


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Tue 16 Oct 2012, 16:05 BST
Issue No. 2325
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