The family of Mark Duggan, whose death sparked the worst riots in
modern British history, reacted with fury when an inquest jury ruled
on Wednesday that police acted lawfully when they shot him, even
though he had not been carrying a gun when he was killed.
By a majority of eight to two, the jury ruled that the 2011 shooting
was lawful. The jury said they were sure, by the same eight-to-two
majority, that Duggan did not have a weapon in his hands when police
surrounded him. By a majority, the jury concluded he “threw” the gun
from a cab he was travelling in when armed officers forced it to stop.
The family described the jury’s conclusion as perverse and said they would consider a judicial review.
Duggan’s mother, Pam, broke down in court on hearing the finding and his brother Marlon shouted at the seven men and three women on the jury as they left the courtroom.
Later, outside the court, Duggan’s brother Shaun Hall, with tears visible on his face, told the Guardian: “It’s unbelievable. That’s just about what I can say for now.”
Duggan’s aunt Carole Duggan said he had been “executed”, while the family’s lawyer Marcia Willis Stewart said they were in a state of shock and could not believe the outcome.
She said: “On 4 August 2011 an unarmed man was shot down in Tottenham. Today we have had what we can only call a perverse judgment.
“The jury found that he had no gun in his hand and yet he was gunned down. For us that’s an unlawful killing.”