Inquest rules Mark Duggan was lawfully killed

The Northern Echo: Mark Duggan Mark Duggan

FATHER-of-six Mark Duggan was lawfully killed when he was shot dead by a police marksman, a jury has found.

The 29-year-old, whose death sparked protests that exploded into riots and looting across the country, was gunned down when police stopped the taxi in which he was travelling in Tottenham, north London, in August 2011.

He was being followed by officers who believed he planned to pick up a gun from another man, Kevin Hutchinson-Foster, and then move on to Broadwater Farm, also in Tottenham.

Today jurors at the Royal Courts of Justice concluded that he had been lawfully killed by police.

They decided that he did have a gun but it was not in his hand when he was shot.

There were emotional outbursts at the court when the conclusion was given, with Mr Duggan's brother shouting after the jurors as they left court, saying "f*** them".

Other supporters shouted "murderers".

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7:26pm Wed 8 Jan 14

English lad says...

Play with fire and you might get burnt, play with guns and you might get shot!!!
Play with fire and you might get burnt, play with guns and you might get shot!!! English lad
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2:12pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Ally F says...

'Those that live by the sword (or gun) will die by the sword'.

One of Duggan's relatives described him as 'no angel' which must surely be a strong contender the 2014 understatement of the year.

Duggan played fast and loose with the law, was frequenty the wrong side of it and was involved in violent gangland crime. He could have turned away from such a life at any point, and been a positive role model father to his six children, but he chose not to. The consequences of his own choices and criminal lifestyle resulted in his death and left six children without a father, not any unlawfulness on the part of the police.

Duggan was shot in possession of an illegal handgun, having discarded it moments before he was shot by the police. Had he not been either arrested or eliminated, he would surely have used the handgun in acts of violent street crime.
'Those that live by the sword (or gun) will die by the sword'. One of Duggan's relatives described him as 'no angel' which must surely be a strong contender the 2014 understatement of the year. Duggan played fast and loose with the law, was frequenty the wrong side of it and was involved in violent gangland crime. He could have turned away from such a life at any point, and been a positive role model father to his six children, but he chose not to. The consequences of his own choices and criminal lifestyle resulted in his death and left six children without a father, not any unlawfulness on the part of the police. Duggan was shot in possession of an illegal handgun, having discarded it moments before he was shot by the police. Had he not been either arrested or eliminated, he would surely have used the handgun in acts of violent street crime. Ally F
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