Mark Duggan's mother, Pamela Duggan, has her tears wiped as
she stands outside the High Court in London. REUTERS/Stefan
A British inquest has found that police acted lawfully
when they shot and killed a man whose death sparked a wave of
rioting in 2011 in the worst civil unrest in the country in
Mark Duggan, 29, died after he was shot by police who
suspected he was armed at the time.
Although all 10 people on the jury said they believed that
Duggan had a gun with him before the taxi he was travelling
in was stopped by police officers, eight said he did not have
the gun in his hand when he was shot.
Nevertheless, eight jurors ruled that the killing of Duggan
was lawful. The remaining two said there was not enough
evidence for a clear ruling either way.
Duggan's family told media they would not give up the case.
"He was executed and we still believe that and we are going
to fight, until we have no breath in our body, for justice,"
said Carole Duggan, an aunt of the dead man.
A senior officer of London's Metropolitan police expressed
sympathy for Duggan's family.
"But the task our officers face in making split-second
decision when confronting armed criminals means there is a
risk - a very small risk - that this will happen," Assistant
Commissioner Mark Rowley told reporters as protesters yelled
The killing of Duggan prompted protests in August 2011 in the
streets of Tottenham, a deprived district in north London,
that escalated into rioting and looting which quickly spread
to elsewhere in London and other British cities.
Prime Minister David Cameron blamed gangs and criminal
behaviour for the violence, but critics said government
austerity measures that squeezed the poor and a breakdown in
police and community relations in Tottenham were to blame.