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Killing that sparked London riots was lawful says UK jury

Mark Duggan did not have a gun in his hand at the time he was shot by police in August 2011.

A family photo of Mark Duggan who was shot dead by police in 2011.
A family photo of Mark Duggan who was shot dead by police in 2011.
Image: Jeff Moore/Empics Entertainment/PA

A BRITISH INQUEST jury has ruled as lawful the shooting dead of a man by police in 2011 that sparked nationwide riots.

The result sparked angry outbursts in the court from his family and supporters.

Mark Duggan, 29, did not have a gun in his hand at the time of the killing in Tottenham, north London, in August 2011, the jury at the Old Bailey court found.

But the father-of-four did have a gun with him when police stopped the taxi in which he was travelling and he threw it away shortly before he was shot, they said.

After the jury recorded a verdict of lawful killing by a majority of 8-2, Duggan’s brother shouted obscenities at jurors as they left court while other supporters screamed “murderers.”

Some smashed a door and security staff were called to contain the situation.

Inquests are heard in Britain after sudden or unexplained deaths.

The jury had a choice of three conclusions: lawfully killed, unlawfully killed and an open conclusion.

Two days after Duggan was killed, the deprived district of Tottenham erupted in violence, and the unrest then spread across the capital and on to Birmingham, Manchester and other English cities.

Five people were killed and dozens injured in the violence while millions of pounds’ worth of property was damaged or destroyed.

© – AFP 2014

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