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Cops face anger at Tottenham meeting on shooting of Jermaine Baker

by Brain Richardson
Issue No. 2485

More than 250 people filled Tottenham Town Hall last month for a meeting to demand answers following another fatal police shooting in north London.

Local MP David Lammy felt obliged to begin proceedings by lecturing the media about misleading reports that sought to demonise Jermaine Baker.

Initial reports had repeatedly suggested that Jermaine Baker was part of a gang poised to attack a prison van to release two prisoners.

At the meeting the Metropolitan Police and Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) were on the defensive.

Haringey borough commander Victor Olisa admitted that there was no evidence that Jermaine was a gang member.

IPCC commissioner Cindy Butts announced that a “homicide inquiry” into the killing has been launched and that a police officer has been interviewed under caution.

The meeting erupted as the Met’s assistant commissioner, Helen King, tried to explain why patrol officers are still not obliged to wear body cameras.

Two years have now passed since Met commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe indicated that his staff would begin a trial of the equipment in the aftermath of the inquest into Mark Duggan’s killing less than 1.5 miles away.

The meeting ended with furious demands for all the officers involved to be charged under the doctrine of joint enterprise which allows for two or more people to be charged with a crime.

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Tue 5 Jan 2016, 16:54 GMT
Issue No. 2485
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