Mark Duggan’s mother: police report is ‘another slap in the face’


Mark Duggan & Family
Mark Duggan & Family

source: The Guardian
published: 25 March 2015

The mother of Mark Duggan, who was shot fatally by police, has described Wednesday’s report from the police watchdog clearing the officers of any wrongdoing as “another slap in the face” for her family. Pam Duggan said the family had cooperated with the Independent Police Complaints Commission, but had been “let down again”.

The IPCC report said Mark Duggan – whose 2011 shooting in Tottenham, north London, sparked the worst riots of recent times across cities and towns in England – was probably in the process of throwing away a handgun when he was shot.

Duggan, 29, who was suspected of being in a local gang, was shot twice on 4 August 2011 in Tottenham, north London, after 11 specialist firearms officers stopped the minicab he was in on suspicion that he was carrying an illegal firearm. While no gun was found on him, a handgun in a sock was discovered on grassland about 14ft from his body.

Pam Duggan, 56, told the Guardian: “I don’t want to read it [the report] all the way through … The IPCC has found that the police did nothing wrong when they murdered my son. This report is another slap in the face for all the family, it’s a waste of paper and a waste of ink”.

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