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Mark Duggan's family lose inquest appeal

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Inquest ruling appeal lost. 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-39428862

The family of Mark Duggan, whose death sparked riots around England, have lost a legal challenge against the conclusion his death was lawful.

Jurors concluded the 29-year-old was lawfully killed by a police marksman in Tottenham, north London, in August 2011.

Mr Duggan's mother, Pamela, had asked for the January 2014 finding to be quashed.

But three Court of Appeal judges have rejected her case.

His family was challenging an October 2014 High Court ruling which found the jury was legally entitled to have reached its conclusion.

'Matter of common sense'

They found that the police officer who twice shot Mr Duggan, known as V53, "honestly believed" he was holding a gun at the time.

At the appeal court, the family had argued jurors should also have been directed to consider whether the police officer's belief was also reasonable.

But the judges said there was "no need for the coroner to spell out to the jury that, as part of their decision whether V53 honestly believed that Mr Duggan had a gun and was about to use it, they needed to consider whether such a belief was reasonable".

They said this consideration was, as "a matter of common sense", an "inevitable part of the exercise".

Mr Duggan's shooting led to five days of rioting in London, which spread to other cities across the country.

Edited by WorkingPoor

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They found that the police officer who twice shot Mr Duggan, known as V53, "honestly believed" he was holding a gun at the time.

At the appeal court, the family had argued jurors should also have been directed to consider whether the police officer's belief was also reasonable.


What a waste of time and money over a stupid academic point.

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So, there you are, a copper, gun in hand, and you think that St. Mark of Dugganshire has a gun and is about to use it on you.

How many milliseconds do you have to give him as he turns towards you whilst you wonder if your belief is reasonable?

If I recall correctly, there was a doctor who explained that as the bullet hit Duggan, an involuntary muscular reflex could have thrown the gun into the grass where it was found.

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https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-47671007

Mark Duggan family to sue Met Police over death

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The relatives want the Met to be held liable for his death and to pay compensation.

Of course they are trying to sue the police. Why don't they sue for loss of earnings? He was just entering his high earning years of drug dealing, extortion, robbery etc. 

 

 

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Does the family have any idea how a gun was found a few yards away? Serious question. I forget the details of the case - was the gun that was found, known to have been picked up by Duggan earlier in the day?

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maynard - you deleted that funny comment 10mins ago.. or did bossman spunkface?

Edited by mattydread
The cheeky fucker changed the Christchurch thread too. still love him, though

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