Mark Duggan, the Black man killed in Tottenham in North London on August 4, 2011. His death at the hands of the cops led to mass rebellions throughout Britain., a photo by Pan-African News Wire File Photos on Flickr.
UK confirms man's death at police hand
Tue Aug 9, 2011 6:40PM GMT
An inquiry into the death of a black British youth says armed police officers killed the father of four was killed with a single gunshot to the chest.
The probe was launched into the death of Mark Duggan, 26, who sustained injuries in a shooting spree by armed officers in Ferry Lane in Tottenham last Thursday, after police stopped the minicab he was in to carry out an arrest as part of a pre-planned operation.
Ballistic tests indicated that Duggan did not fire at officers before he was killed.
There is "no evidence" that a handgun found at the scene where Mark Duggan was killed by armed officers was used, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) stated.
Investigations confirmed that Duggan's death came after two shots were fired by a Scotland Yard CO19 firearms officer.
Colin Sparrow, the deputy senior investigator for the IPCC, told the brief hearing that it could take the commission four to six months to carry out its "complex investigation" into Duggan's killing.
The coroner for the northern district of Greater London, Andrew Walker, adjourned the hearing until 12 December, when a pre-inquest review will be held.
The family of Duggan said they were angered by the lack of information they received, and that their ordeal sparked tensions immediately before Saturday's protest in Tottenham.
But the incident appeared to have a more wider impact on a public angered by the government's failure to help them through bad economic situation.
There is a general understanding that all revolutions begin with the death of an individual. And the case is true with recent protests in Britain, where the coalition government's public spending cuts have created a general feeling of discontent all across the country.
Meanwhile, Iran has called on the British police to show restraint and refrain from violently confronting the protesting people.
Iranian Foreign ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast called on the UK government to heed to the people's demand instead of engaging in a violent crackdown against protesters who are calling for more accountability on the part of the police.