Two trials in 20 years for police shootings
Fatal shootings by police are rare; prosecutions of officers rarer still – and convictions are non-existent. The only two cases where on-duty police officers have stood trial in the last 20 years for murder by shooting have resulted in not guilty verdicts.
The most recent case, in 1998, was the close-range shooting of a naked, unarmed, half-asleep man, James Ashley, at a flat in St Leonards by Sussex police. The judge ruled that prosecutors could not prove that PC Chris Sherwood was not acting in self-defence during the raid.
Mr Ashley had a conviction for manslaughter but he was not armed as had been suggested during intelligence briefings. Senior officers later accepted the raid should never have gone ahead.
PC Patrick Hodgson was acquitted of murder in a 1997 after opening fire on David Ewin, who was trying to escape from officers in a stolen car. The officer said he opened fire because he believed his life and that of bystanders was at risk.
But some of the most notorious incidents of recent times have not ended up in a criminal court. Harry Stanley was killed in 1999 by police after reports that he had a gun in a bag. The gun later turned out to be a table leg, but the CPS said there was not enough evidence to suggest the two officers were not acting in self-defence.
Sales of the tablet are set to fall again, say analysts
Met Police confirm there was a 'minor disturbance' and that no-one was arrested
George Lucas criticises the major Hollywood film studios
Does Chris Grayling realise what a vague concept he is dealing with?
Trend which requires crisps, a fork and a strong stomach is sweeping Mexico's streets
Parties threaten resort's image as a family destination
I Am Bread could actually be a challenging and nuanced title
Banksy arrest hoax: Internet duped by fake report claiming that the street artist's identity has been revealed
'Russian submarine spotted' by Swedish military off coast of Stockholm
Kentucky gang rape: 15-year-old boy left in critical condition after sexual attack by group at party
Hurricane Gonzalo: When will it hit the UK and how strong will it be?
Oscar Pistorius sentence: Athlete's wealth and notoriety provoke an overdue debate on South African prisons
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters
London bus driver allegedly kicks gay couple off for kissing
Amal Alamuddin calls for the return of the Elgin Marbles from Britain: 'Injustice has persisted for too long'
Lord Freud: Tory welfare minister apologises after saying disabled people are 'not worth’ the minimum wage
- 1 Indian footballer Peter Biaksangzuala dies after injuring spine doing somersault celebration
- 2 Jack the Ripper: Scientist who claims to have identified notorious killer has 'made serious DNA error'
- 3 Drink alcohol and eat meat to improve male fertility - but cut down on coffee, studies suggest
- 4 Kentucky gang rape: 15-year-old boy left in critical condition after sexual attack by group at party
- 5 Lynda Bellingham dead: Loose Women presenter dies after battle with colon cancer