IPCC face conferring ban after fatal police shootings
Friday 17 January 2014
Police officers could be banned from conferring after fatal shootings in the wake of the death of Mark Duggan.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said it is planning new guidance advising that officers should be separated before they give their statements.
Deputy Chair Rachel Cerfontyne apologised to Mr Duggan’s family over the handling of its investigation into his death in 2011, which led to riots across the country. Last week an inquest found Mr Duggan, 29, was lawfully killed by police in Tottenham, north London. He was shot. Ms Cerfontyne said her team is trying to speak to key witnesses, including officers, who refused to be interviewed or who have given conflicting accounts.
Forces will be obliged to “have regard” for the guidance once signed off by the Home Secretary.
Conferring among officers has been a controversial issue in a number of cases, including the death of the Brazilian electrician Jean Charles de Menezes, who was shot at Stockwell undergound station in south London in 2005. In the wake of his death, the IPCC said the “accepted practice” of letting police discuss what had happened before making statements should be reviewed.
She said: “[The Mark Duggan] inquest and our review of the way we investigate deaths show the problems that can arise when officers confer when writing up their notes following fatal incidents.”
- 1 Migrant crisis: Greek soldier saved 20 people singlehandedly off Rhodes beach
- 2 Sofyen Belamouadden murder: The inside story of a crime that horrified Britain
- 3 UK weather: Britain braced for snow as arctic air mass moves in
- 5 'Isis' schoolgirls: Missing British teenager tweets picture of her Syrian takeaway
Migrant crisis: Greek soldier saved 20 people singlehandedly off Rhodes beach
Ian Brady: Moors murderer announces his support for Ukip and the SNP
Aaron and Melissa Klein: Oregon anti-gay bakers ordered to pay $135,000 after refusing to make cake for same-sex wedding
UK weather: Britain braced for snow as arctic air mass moves in
Power of Nepal earthquake was equivalent to 20 huge atomic bombs
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
The sickening truth about food banks that the Tories don't want you to know
Migrant boat disaster: Ukip candidate mocks victims in sickening Twitter post
Nigel Farage wants the BBC to stop making programmes like Doctor Who, Strictly Come Dancing, and Top Gear
Global warming: Scientists say temperatures could rise by 6C by 2100 and call for action ahead of UN meeting in Paris
General Election 2015: Britain would become a 'communist dictatorship' under Ed Miliband and Nicola Sturgeon, claims wife of Michael Gove
£30000 - £40000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Front-End Developer - Guildford/Craw...
£13500 - £15000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Customer Service Assistant is...
£16000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An ambitious and motivated Sale...
£20000 - £23000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Gas Installation Support Engi...