My son, Mark Duggan, was shot and killed by police in Tottenham, London in 2011. 11 specialist firearms officers stopped the minicab he was in on suspicion that he had an illegal firearm.
Mark was unarmed when he was killed and as a consequence, his death shook the country and led to unrest and riots. But throughout everything, all I have wanted is to have some closure for my son’s death by understanding what led to it and getting answers about Operation Trident — a division of the Met Police which was established to deal with ‘Black on Black’ crimes.
Following the London riots it has been revealed how senior Trident police officers put guns on to the streets of London, so that they could then arrest those receiving the weapons, protected the identity of a gun supplier and were involved in controlling senior gangsterswhilst only arresting lesser criminals.
It has come to light that the man who passed a gun to Mark before he was killed was not arrested weeks earlier, despite evidence he was known to officers and had used the same weapon in another attack. If Trident acted more responsibly, Mark may not have been killed and Londoner’s would not have witnessed violent public disorder on its streets which traumatised our city.
To know that my son’s tragic death could have been avoided is devastating. I need Operation Trident and the Met Police to take responsibility for their actions.That’s why I’m calling on the Home Secretary, Theresa May, to launch a full, judge-led, public inquiry into the practices of Operation Trident; the alarming use of lethal force & rise in deaths in police custody, the deployment and protection of informants and the supervision of police operations that affect Black, Asian and Minority communities.
They allow gangsters to have guns in our community, and when those gangsters pass the guns to the the littles guys on the street, they arrest the little guy and lock them up. Unfortunately in the case of Mark, they didn’t lock him up. They killed him on the streets of Tottenham.
Families who have lost loved ones like mine need to know that lessons have been learned that could save the lives of others. Many other victim families, eminent human rights lawyers and community organisations have now joined the call for this investigation – and now we need the public’s voice calling for the same.