Who shot Mark Duggan?
The killing of Mark Duggan at the hands of an unknown Metropolitan Police officer is said to be at the heart of the protests, rioting and looting mostly by young disaffected males that has erupted across our cities over the last few days.
A 29 year man has left behind four children and his long-term partner and fiancée Semone Williams, was among around 200 peaceful protestors outside Tottenham Police Station last Saturday who demanded to know the circumstances surrounding Mark Duggan’s death on Thursday August 4.
What followed in Tottenham and spread to other areas of London, Bristol, Nottingham, Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester, has claimed the lives of four other people and those deaths are equally as tragic.
But while the debates rage on television and radio, in homes amongst families and at work between colleagues, about who is to blame for the destruction to shops and businesses and the lawlessness and violent behaviour taking place on our streets, we are still none the wiser as to who shot and killed Mark Duggan.
The Metropolitan Police must be held accountable for his death according to investigative journalist Tony Gosling, who in an interview with RT Moscow said:
“It’s not the only death of an ethnic minority that the police have been responsible for. We have had something like 340 deaths, mostly of ethnic minorities in police custody over the last 12 years. That’s around one a month without a single conviction of a police officer.”
Like the murder of 27 year old Jean Charles de Menezes, lies were told to the press by the police in an attempt to make the victims seem responsible for their own deaths. In the case of Jean Charles de Menezes, officers who shot the innocent man eight times lied when they said he jumped a barrier and was walking towards them and that he ignored a warning before they opened fire.
In the case of Mark Duggan, the police have also been exposed as liars when they said he fired at them and that he almost killed an officer whose radio protected him from Duggan’s bullet. The IPCC‘s ballistic tests have revealed that Mark Duggan did not fire any shots at police officers. The bullet that was found lodged in a police radio came from a police gun.
Gosling said that the response by the Met Police to the killing of Mark Duggan was “absolutely disgusting” and that their behaviour was “irresponsible”. According to Gosling there needs to be a fundamental change in the way investigations are conducted into the deaths of citizens at the hands of the police.
The question remains as to who shot Mark Duggan? Gosling told RT Moscow:
“We need to know the names of the police officers and firearms people who shot Mark Duggan…as a society it would be nice to see the officer that fired the fatal shot arrested and that would give a lot of confidence that police are not above the law.