Mark Duggan’s family lose new appeal

Mark Duggan
Mark Duggan

source: BBC News
published: 11 September 2018

The family of Mark Duggan, whose death sparked riots across England in 2011, have lost a new legal challenge against the conclusion his death was lawful. In 2014, an inquest jury found the 29 year old was lawfully killed by armed police in Tottenham, north London.

Mr Duggan’s mother, Pamela, wants that finding to be quashed. High Court and Court of Appeal judges have already ruled against her and now Supreme Court justices said they would not analyse her case.

A Supreme Court spokeswoman said justices had decided the application did not raise an “arguable point of law”.

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Settlement reached in police-custody death of Ethan Saylor

Ethan Saylor
Ethan Saylor

source: Washington Post
published: 24 April 2018

The family of Robert Ethan Saylor, a man with Down syndrome who died after three off-duty Frederick County sheriff deputies forced him from a movie theater, have reached a settlement with the state of Maryland, the deputies and the management company of the shopping center where the theater is located.

The $1.9 million settlement will mark the end of a long-standing lawsuit and comes more than five years after Saylor’s death led to public outrage and a call for better training of law enforcement officials.

“There’s a cliche that you can’t assign a dollar amount to a human being’s life, but that is our system, that’s the only remedy we have for justice in our system,” Saylor’s mother, Patti Saylor, said Tuesday.

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Exclusive: Watchdog urges charges over [Sean Rigg] death in custody

Sean Rigg
Sean Rigg

source: The Guardian
published: 23 February 2018

The police watchdog has said that five officers should face gross misconduct charges over the death of Sean Rigg, the Guardian has learned.

The allegations include claims of excessive force being used against the mentally ill musician, who died in 2008 at Brixton police station, south London. The case has caused concern from the prime minister downwards.

The Independent Office of Police Conduct (IOPC) believes the five officers should face allegations including the alleged use of excessive force and use of inappropriate restraint techniques, failing to identify and treat Rigg, 40, as suffering from mental health problems and failing to protect him from harm. The Met can reject the findings, but the police watchdog can direct a hearing be held.

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