A police watchdog has found no evidence of criminality committed by officers in the fatal shooting of Mark Duggan, ahead of the two-year anniversary of his death tomorrow.
His relatives are due to gather with justice campaigners this evening along with supporters of Joy Gardner and Roger Sylvester, who both died after being restrained by police officers, and of Cynthia Jarrett, who died when police raided her home. Her death sparked the Broadwater Farm riots in Tottenham in the 1980s.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has been investigating whether any of the 11 CO19 firearms officers involved in Duggan's shooting committed any wrongdoing. A spokeswoman said today: “We have found no evidence to indicate criminality at this stage.”
Duggan was shot by armed police in Tottenham, north London, sparking a national wave of riots and looting in the following days. His death on 4 August, 2011 came after marksmen stopped the minicab in which he was travelling.
His aunt, Carole Duggan, said she wanted the officers involved to be prosecuted.
“It's been two years and we are now waiting for the inquest to get the answers to the questions we have about how and why Mark was killed,” she said. “We expect those responsible for Mark's death to be prosecuted and for justice to be served.”
Officers feared the father-of-four was on his way to carry out a revenge shooting for his cousin's death. An inquest into the 29-year-old's death is due to start next month following a series of delays.
Local outrage at the police shooting marked the start of a wave of rioting, looting, and arson that spread across parts of the country in 2011.
The theme of Saturday evening's meeting at the North London Community House is “justice delayed is justice denied”, and will see the families speak about their on-going battles for the truth about their loved ones' deaths.
Her mother, Myrna Simpson, said: “It's important for people to fight for justice and don't stop, because there is no other way to get justice but to fight for it. I am still fighting for justice for Joy and not only for Joy but for all. I am fighting for justice for everyone that has been unjustly killed.”
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