Mark Duggan inquest: Family fury at lawful killing decision
8 January 2014
Mark Duggan’s family have said they will fight for justice after an inquest jury concluded by a majority of 8 to 2 that he was lawfully killed by police.
Mr Duggan was shot dead by armed officers in August 2011 in Tottenham, sparking riots across England.
Following the inquest at the Royal Courts of Justice, his aunt Carole Duggan said he had been “executed”. Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe has asked for a meeting with local community leaders.
There were angry scenes outside the court, with supporters of Mr Duggan’s family chanting “murderers” at Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley as he read a statement.
Jurors concluded Mr Duggan did not have a gun when he was shot by officers who surrounded a minicab he was travelling in.
But the jury said it was more likely than not that Mr Duggan had thrown a gun from the vehicle just before he was killed. The weapon was found about 20ft (6m) away from the scene.
Outside court, his aunt Carole Duggan said: “The majority of people in this country know that Mark was executed.
“We’re going to fight until we have no breath in our body for justice for Mark, for his children, and for all of those (unclear) with deaths in custody that have had nothing.
“We are not giving up. No justice, no peace!”