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Inquest hears how injuries from police shooting ‘contributed to death of Cherry Groce’

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Issue 2410

The inquest into the death of Cherry Groce began on Monday of this week.

Armed police shot Cherry when they raided her home in Brixton, south London, looking for her son. Outrage at the shooting of an unarmed black woman led to rioting in Brixton. 

Cherry spent 26 years in a wheelchair as the injuries left her paralysed. She died in 2011. 

Assistant coroner Lorna Tagliavini told the jury on Monday that a pathologist had found Cherry’s injuries had contributed to her death.

The inquest was also told that a 357-page police report into the armed raid on Cherry’s home concluded that the Metropolitan Police operation had “serious deficiencies”.

Cherry’s son, Lee Lawrence, gave evidence to the inquest. He said he was sleeping in his mother’s room when the front door was forced open.

“I opened my eyes, saw a police officer holding a gun in his hand. 

“My mother was on the floor and the officer was pointing the gun at her neck,” he said.

Inspector Douglas Lovelock, who shot Cherry, stood trial in 1987 charged with inflicting unlawful and malicious grievous bodily harm—he was acquitted.

The inquest continues.


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