New concerns on the Tilson Gardens Police Shooting


Nathaniel Brophy
Nathaniel Brophy

source: London Campaign Against Police & State Violence
published: 23 September 2015

Since our last update on the incident on the 21st August, when the police shot a Brixton resident, there have been further reports in The Guardian and Daily Mirror.

Both papers named the victim as Nathaniel Brophy, a 34 year old mixed race man, and quoted remarks from his father Patrice Duval.

These reports raise new concerns:

The victim was surrendering

The police and IPCC had previously emphasised the claim that they found a “non police firearm” at the site, and used this to imply that Mr Brophy was threatening them, and had to be shot to prevent him doing harm.

In fact, according to his family, this “firearm” was an air rifle, and Brophy was not holding it at the time he was shot. “My son did not have a gun. He said he had his hands up,” Mr Duval told the Guardian.

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