Dorothy ‘Cherry’ Groce inquest finds police failures contributed to her death

Cherry Grocesource: The Guardian
published: 10 July 2014

Police failures contributed to the death of a mother whose shooting by an officer triggered the 1985 Brixton riots, an inquest jury has found. Dorothy Groce, known as Cherry, was wounded and paralysed by armed police who were searching for her son in a planned raid at her home in south London.

A jury at Southwark coroner’s court found that police failed to communicate properly during the hunt for Michael Groce and to adequately check who was living at the address before the raid.

The jury returned their verdict on Thursday, the third day of deliberations, following six days of evidence.

Groce died 26 years after the shooting in 2011, aged 63, from kidney failure, which a pathologist directly linked to the gunshot injury.

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