The official report into the police shooting of a man whose death sparked the 2011 riots is facing a new challenge from human rights investigators who say a virtual model of the shooting shows its main conclusion is wrong.
The shooting of Mark Duggan, 29, in Tottenham, north London, in August 2011, triggered the biggest riots in modern English history.
An investigation by the police watchdog found he was most likely shot while holding a gun that he was probably “in the process of throwing” away.
An illegal firearm was found over a fence and 14 feet (4.35 metres) from where Duggan fell. None of the police officers surrounding him saw it flying through the air.
It’s been four and a half years since Sheku Bayoh died in Scottish police custody and now, for the first time, his family is allowing itself to hope they will get some answers.
“My brother was a much-loved father and family man and a well-liked member of his community,” said Kadijatu Johnson, Bayoh’s sister. “He didn’t deserve to die like this, and we as a family deserved better than to be treated in the way that we have been.”
Last week, after Scotland’s lord advocate confirmed that no charges would be brought against any of the nine police officers the family believe were involved, the Scottish government announced a rare, judge-led public inquiry into the circumstances surrounding Bayoh’s death.
This year the annual event also showed solidarity with simultaneous marches and protests with fellow campaigners that took place in Scotland and France.
Deaths in state custody internationally are still a huge concern and sees no signs of abating. While the problem is systemic, often maintained by institutional racism, many families demanding justice say that the police [and other state institutions] are never held to account for deaths in custody and most certainly do not face any semblance of justice, trial or jail.