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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Met police sets 2019 date for hearings into death of Sean Rigg

Sean Rigg
Sean Rigg

source: The Guardian
published: 24 August 2018

The family of a man who died in police custody a decade ago will have to wait until at least 2019 to see officers face a disciplinary hearing, the Guardian has learned.

Sean Rigg, 40, died 10 years ago on 21 August after restraint by officers in London. The Metropolitan police has decided five officers will face gross misconduct charges, but not until January 2019 at the earliest. An investigation by the police watchdog found police should face claims including use of excessive force.

The continued delays came despite promises of reform triggered directly by the Rigg case, and the family winning the support of Theresa May while she was home secretary.

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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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