Police charged over shooting of Anthony Grainger

Anthony Graingeroriginally by: The Guardian
published: 16 January 2014

A police marksman who shot dead an unarmed man will not face charges, prosecutors announced on Thursday, prompting fury from the dead man’s family, who said the decision showed there was “no justice in this country”.

Anthony Grainger, 36, was shot through the chest as he sat in a car in the village of Culcheth, Cheshire, on the evening of 3 March 2012.

The decision not to charge the officer came after the director of public prosecutions decided a jury would believe the police marksman’s claim to have acted in self defence.

A solicitor for the Grainger family said prosecutors risked giving armed police who kill unarmed suspects immunity from criminal charges.

The Crown Prosecution Service said a charge would be brought against the chief constable of Greater Manchester police, Sir Peter Fahy, under health and safety legislation, because poor police planning had exposed Grainger and other suspects to unnecessary danger.

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