London riots

Mark Duggan wasn’t armed when he was shot by police

Mark Duggan, the man whose death on August 4th triggered the London riots that spread to other parts of the country, was not armed when he was shot by police. That’s apparently the determination of an official report into the incident, publication of which is likely to raise further questions about the official version of events as reported by police at the time.

Duggan allegedly did purchase a handgun on the day he was shot, and the weapon was found approximately 10ft from where he died. But the investigation has been focusing on whether he was armed at the time of the shooting, and the official conclusion is apparently that he was not.

For some, the confused, conflicting accounts of the shooting relayed by official sources in the aftermath are in some ways just as concerning as the shooting itself. The report also suggests that Duggan was aware that officers from Operation Trident were following him in the minutes before he was killed.

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About Sarah Bosdiccia

Sarah Bosdiccia is a writer, journalist, blogger and editorial assistant. In the past, she has worked in the local newspaper business and has taught journalism modules at undergraduate level. She doesn't 'do' Facebook but you can follow her at @sarah_bosdiccia.

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