Jurors reach majority verdict over Mark Duggan's death

Mark Duggan was shot by police in August 2011

Mark Duggan was shot by police in August 2011

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Mark Duggan was lawfully killed despite not having a gun in his hand when he was shot by police, an inquest jury has found.

A majority of eight jurors to two found police were acting legally when they fatally shot the 29-year-old in August 2011 in Ferry lane, Tottenham, yards from the border with Walthamstow.

However, jurors at the Royal Court of Justice today also found he was not holding a gun at the time, and had probably discarded it before the taxi he was travelling in was stopped by police.

A gun was later found 20ft away from where he was killed.

Kevin Hutchison was last year convicted of supplying Mr Duggan with a gun in Leyton on the day he was killed.

Mr Duggan’s killing sparked riots in Tottenham which spread across London and other English cities.

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5:18pm Wed 8 Jan 14

stickmanny says...

So far:
Police disinformation
Questionable Coronor input
Suspicious verdict

Next:
Relentless pursuit of the truth by those affected
Inquiry after inquiry
Eventual admission of a cover up

Everyone can see what's unfolding here because we've seen it before, over and over again.
So far: Police disinformation Questionable Coronor input Suspicious verdict Next: Relentless pursuit of the truth by those affected Inquiry after inquiry Eventual admission of a cover up Everyone can see what's unfolding here because we've seen it before, over and over again. stickmanny
  • Score: -40

5:41pm Wed 8 Jan 14

cynicalsue says...

I hope and pray this does not lead to more trouble on the streets
I hope and pray this does not lead to more trouble on the streets cynicalsue
  • Score: 14

8:47pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Upshirehorse says...

The decision of the Jury should be respected, it was not a forgone conclusion at the outset and the reaction of the protestors outside the court was disgraceful. We are a democracy and the evidence was heard and decided upon.
The decision of the Jury should be respected, it was not a forgone conclusion at the outset and the reaction of the protestors outside the court was disgraceful. We are a democracy and the evidence was heard and decided upon. Upshirehorse
  • Score: 27

9:49pm Wed 8 Jan 14

escapefrome17 says...

It's a bit of an odd verdict - I suspect the family wanted an unlawful killing verdict, which was never going to happen, he was an armed criminal after all, but I think most people realistically thought it would be an open verdict as although there's no disputing he had a gun in the taxi it's unclear where it was when he was shot.

Nevertheless, the fact remins that if he hadn't gone to Leyton to collect a gun, he'd still be alive today and his child would still have a father and his mother a son, but he decided otherwise the moment he went collected the gun .......and who knows how many people are alive today because this potential killer and his gun are out of circulation.
It's a bit of an odd verdict - I suspect the family wanted an unlawful killing verdict, which was never going to happen, he was an armed criminal after all, but I think most people realistically thought it would be an open verdict as although there's no disputing he had a gun in the taxi it's unclear where it was when he was shot. Nevertheless, the fact remins that if he hadn't gone to Leyton to collect a gun, he'd still be alive today and his child would still have a father and his mother a son, but he decided otherwise the moment he went collected the gun .......and who knows how many people are alive today because this potential killer and his gun are out of circulation. escapefrome17
  • Score: 44

9:54pm Wed 8 Jan 14

stickmanny says...

who knows how many others will be subject to summary justice while liars wearing uniform are still in circulation?

why would the Police bother to lie if they had nothing to hide?
who knows how many others will be subject to summary justice while liars wearing uniform are still in circulation? why would the Police bother to lie if they had nothing to hide? stickmanny
  • Score: -38

4:59pm Thu 9 Jan 14

myopinioncounts says...

The police appear to be grovelling to this family and the BBC are careful not to include Duggan's criminal history in it's reporting. Where is the money coming from for the 'appeal' that his aunt is seeking? Hopefully not from the public purse when victims of the riots are still waiting for justice.
The police appear to be grovelling to this family and the BBC are careful not to include Duggan's criminal history in it's reporting. Where is the money coming from for the 'appeal' that his aunt is seeking? Hopefully not from the public purse when victims of the riots are still waiting for justice. myopinioncounts
  • Score: 19

6:49pm Thu 9 Jan 14

stickmanny says...

Inquests and coronors are an overhang from medieval times and need to be scrapped, but a dead man's family deserve justice no matter what his character, so if they have a right to appeal then it should be paid for by all of us. We are all equal under the law. Or at least we should be...

Way I see it the Police made a mistake and were not big enough to admit it. Instead they treated the family with contempt and fed lies to the media. The lies were blatant and riots ensued. Those who suffered because of the riots and have still not been compensated are victims too.
Inquests and coronors are an overhang from medieval times and need to be scrapped, but a dead man's family deserve justice no matter what his character, so if they have a right to appeal then it should be paid for by all of us. We are all equal under the law. Or at least we should be... Way I see it the Police made a mistake and were not big enough to admit it. Instead they treated the family with contempt and fed lies to the media. The lies were blatant and riots ensued. Those who suffered because of the riots and have still not been compensated are victims too. stickmanny
  • Score: -19

9:02pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Upshirehorse says...

A very simplistic and naive view of events, an insult to the decision of the Jury and an apologist for criminals. It would seem that in one breath, the black community call for 'more to be done to stop the death of our children' and when something is done to prevent such crime, another element within the same community cry 'foul'. The police have strived to make advances since Lawrence, even this evening we saw on the news that the Borough Commander for Tottenham is indeed a black officer, something unheard of until recently. Let us support the Police otherwise we will play into the hands of those who would like any excuse for further turmoil and rioting. The police are not perfect and neither are certain members of society.
A very simplistic and naive view of events, an insult to the decision of the Jury and an apologist for criminals. It would seem that in one breath, the black community call for 'more to be done to stop the death of our children' and when something is done to prevent such crime, another element within the same community cry 'foul'. The police have strived to make advances since Lawrence, even this evening we saw on the news that the Borough Commander for Tottenham is indeed a black officer, something unheard of until recently. Let us support the Police otherwise we will play into the hands of those who would like any excuse for further turmoil and rioting. The police are not perfect and neither are certain members of society. Upshirehorse
  • Score: 16

11:08pm Thu 9 Jan 14

You123 says...

Simple message : Don't carry guns and get yourself a lawful job! Bish bosh bash!
Simple message : Don't carry guns and get yourself a lawful job! Bish bosh bash! You123
  • Score: 18

11:03am Fri 10 Jan 14

Robert19 says...

Once again the evidence is contradictory and unclear. The verdict by the inquest jury is also contradictory and the role of the police is very ambivalent apart from its incompetence after the killing. If they had handled the aftermath more adroitly there probably would not had been the riots across England. Taking a day and a half to tell Mark Duggan's family he was dead and spreading malicious rumours about him and how he was killed reminds me of what they did when they shot Jean Charles de Menezes. He was supposed to have a suicide vest on, he ran away from the firearms officers, he had a gun. The truth was that he was shot in his seat on a tube train doing nothing wrong. We have less certainty about Duggan because of the contradictory evidence.

Of course the police have a difficult job but all around this killing are unanswered questions and incompetence in dealing with the consequences. I'm sure that Duggan was up to no good or at least intending to do so, but that does not mean he should have been shot when he was almost certainly no threat to the officers surrounding him. So in order to support the police they need to tell us the truth and act in a professional manner at all times. We have been here too many times.
Once again the evidence is contradictory and unclear. The verdict by the inquest jury is also contradictory and the role of the police is very ambivalent apart from its incompetence after the killing. If they had handled the aftermath more adroitly there probably would not had been the riots across England. Taking a day and a half to tell Mark Duggan's family he was dead and spreading malicious rumours about him and how he was killed reminds me of what they did when they shot Jean Charles de Menezes. He was supposed to have a suicide vest on, he ran away from the firearms officers, he had a gun. The truth was that he was shot in his seat on a tube train doing nothing wrong. We have less certainty about Duggan because of the contradictory evidence. Of course the police have a difficult job but all around this killing are unanswered questions and incompetence in dealing with the consequences. I'm sure that Duggan was up to no good or at least intending to do so, but that does not mean he should have been shot when he was almost certainly no threat to the officers surrounding him. So in order to support the police they need to tell us the truth and act in a professional manner at all times. We have been here too many times. Robert19
  • Score: -1

12:01pm Fri 10 Jan 14

stickmanny says...

Very well put.

It seems hard for some to understand that upholding the law involves granting bad guys rights. That's what distinguishes us from them.
Very well put. It seems hard for some to understand that upholding the law involves granting bad guys rights. That's what distinguishes us from them. stickmanny
  • Score: -15

2:56pm Wed 15 Jan 14

spikee17 says...

Look, he was a gangster who loved the "glamour" of being a criminal. I for one am glad one gangster and one gun are off the streets of London for good. How can you people stick up for him? Justice?? Where is the justice for the innocent men, women and children killed by these so called "soldiers of the streets"? He had a gun which makes him prepared to use it to kill someone else. He got what he deserved. He's not a hero. He was a thug
Look, he was a gangster who loved the "glamour" of being a criminal. I for one am glad one gangster and one gun are off the streets of London for good. How can you people stick up for him? Justice?? Where is the justice for the innocent men, women and children killed by these so called "soldiers of the streets"? He had a gun which makes him prepared to use it to kill someone else. He got what he deserved. He's not a hero. He was a thug spikee17
  • Score: 1

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