Mark Duggan shooting report challenged by human rights groups

Carole Duggan & Nephew, Mark Duggan
Carole Duggan & Nephew, Mark Duggan

originally by: The Guardian
published: 5 December 2019

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.

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Custody campaign groups back new research on impact on families

Police Line
image by Stephen Gent

source: Dr Nadine El-Enany
published: 31 July 2019

4WardEver UK and the United Families & Friends Campaign (UFFC) are calling on affected families to support new research to be conducted by Dr Nadine El-Enany of Birkbeck School of Law, examining what drives family campaigns and what family members understand justice to mean amongst others.

Here’s what Dr Nadine El-Enany has to say;

“My name is Nadine El-Enany. I work at Brikbeck Law School where I co-direct the Centre for Research on Race and Law. I would like to invite you to participate in a research project via an interview. I am working on a project funded by the Leverhulme Trust on the role of families in cases where a racialised person has died in custody, including police, prison or a health/mental health institution.

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UFFC Event – Interrogating State Violence: Custodial Deaths, Justice and Resistance

Pauline Campbell
Annual Demonstration 2012 – Children carry UFFC banner

provided by: UFFC
published: 28 June 2018

Call for Papers…

A conference to mark the 20th anniversary of the United Families & Friends Campaign will take place on 26 October 2018 in London. The conference aims to bring to focus research on the issue of deaths in custody in the UK.

The anniversary event will map trajectories of struggles for justice over two decades, highlighting new research and policy directions, as well as offering contextualised and historical understandings of state violence.

See a pictorial history of the UFFC rallies! Click here or the icon on the left. The United Families & Friends Campaign is a coalition of families and friends of those that have died in the custody of police and prison officers as well as those who are killed in secure psychiatric hospitals.

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