Police must face legal action for Anthony Grainger’s death, says partner

Anthony Grainger
Anthony Grainger

source: The Guardian
published: 12 July 2019

It has been seven years, four months and nine days since an unarmed Anthony Grainger was shot dead by a police officer. Now his partner, Gail Hadfield-Grainger, who has fought tirelessly for justice, is calling for the police officers involved in his death to face corporate manslaughter charges.

On Thursday a public inquiry into the shooting concluded that Greater Manchester police (GMP) was entirely to blame for Grainger’s death due to serious failings in its firearms unit.

In a highly critical report on the incident, Judge Thomas Teague QC found that GMP adopted a cavalier attitude and collated flawed intelligence during the botched operation directly leading to the 36-year-old’s death.

The day after the report was published, Hadfeld-Grainger, who had been in a relationship with Grainger for four years, said a “weight had been lifted off her shoulders”.

On 3 March 2012, Grainger, a vehicle-recovery driver for a breakers firm, said he had to go out for an hour. He never returned. Grainger was shot through the chest as he sat in a car in the village of Culcheth, Cheshire, by an armed police officer known as “Q9”.

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