The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has disputed Friday’s story from The Guardian about a report into the death of Mark Duggan. The newspaper had reported that Duggan was found to have not had a gun when he was shot, but the IPCC has stressed that it is too early to draw such conclusions.
A non-police issue firearm was found at the scene of the shooting, but the weapon was about 10ft away from Duggan. The IPCC says that this is one of the areas that it is examining, but that its report is unlikely to be ready before early 2012.
The death of Mark Duggan was, at least on the surface, the trigger for the riots that sprang up across Britain back in August. Many observers, however, claim that the riots were only loosely linked to Duggan’s death, and that other social and cultural factors were involved.