The shooting of Mark Duggan must be investigated openly
by: Comment is free | The Guardian
published: 27 March 2012
The news that the inquest into the shooting of Mark Duggan has been further delayed, from September 2012 to January 2013, comes as no great surprise to those of us who have been through these types of investigations.
Delays became par for the course in the inquests into the deaths of Cynthia Jarrett and Joy Gardner.
It took four years for Roger Sylvester, another Tottenham resident whose life ended in police custody, to be declared “unlawfully killed”, a verdict that was quashed a year later. And the inquest into the 2005 shooting of Azelle Rodney by Metropolitan police officers is still to be heard.
What was surprising in this case, shocking even, was the revelation from the Independent Police Complaints Commission that, in investigating the shooting, it has unearthed such sensitive material over police decision-making that it is unable to reveal it, even to the inquest coroner.
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