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Media Use Photos And Mark Lambie To Bury Mark Duggan In Tales Of Torture And Lies

by | 8th, August 2011

MARK Duggan has been killed by the police by Tottenham Hale Tube Station in London? Was it legal? We do not know. The police say he was shot in the process of his arrest. Reports suggest the bullet that lodged in a policeman’s radio was police issue . Did a policeman fire it? Is police ammo in the hands of the villains? We do not know. But the press have been keen to take sides and trigger a debate.

The Daily Mail does this with photos. The paper was quick to label Duggan a gangster “. This term served to buy into the glamour of the gangsters so much better than a mere drugs dealer or villain and also create an impression that Duggan was involved in heavy organised crime. If he was, was he any good at it? He lived on the Broadwater Farm Estate. Is that where top villains live on a shabby estate in North London? You can keep your big house in the country and villas in the sun.

The Mail’s reporting suggests that gangsters deserve to die more than men in mini cabs. As far as Anorak knows, the debate on capital punishment has not been resolved and summary executions even of gangsters have not been passed into law.

As we say, the Mail uses photos of back up its case. Each time Duggan is mentioned the paper uses the by now familiar shot of him holding two finger up to his nose. He is either:

a) Ordering two sodas
b) Smelling his fingers
c) Showing off a new ring
d) Trying to look cool
e) Playing cops and robber with an imaginary gun made from his fingers
f) We have no idea

Those sympathetic to Duggan use the picture of him and Semone Wilson, his long-term lover, by the grave of a child of theirs who died. In this photo Duggan looks loving, sensitive and get this something more than the cartoon character portrayed by the Mail .

The Mail’s Paul Bracci actually produces a piece entitled:

Violence, drugs, a fatal stabbing and a most unlikely martyr

Is he unlikely because he is..black? Even in this ostensibly sympathetic piece, the paper uses the photos of Duggan and his lethal fingers:

Semone Wilson has not yet told her children that their father is dead. ‘How do I explain to them that their daddy is gone?’ she says. Such a task would be traumatic enough for any mother, but especially so for Miss Wilson. Her fiance, Mark Duggan, was travelling in a minicab in North London on Thursday evening when it was stopped by officers from Scotland Yard’s Operation Trident, who specialise in fighting black-on-black gun crime. The officers were armed with Heckler & Koch submachine guns and there was an apparent ‘exchange’ of fire. Moments later Duggan was dead.

He and Miss Wilson, both 29, had been together since they were 17. They had two sons aged ten and seven, and a baby daughter. ‘Mark was a good dad,’ says Miss Wilson, a student at Middlesex University. ‘He loved his kids dearly. He idolised them.’

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