The Mark Duggan Story In Photos: Police And Gangsters Shoot To Kill
ON August 4, 2011, Mark Duggan, 29, is show by police in north London. The father-of-four was travelling in a mini cab when pulled over.
Operation Dibri is a disaster. Set up by the Met’s black crime Trident unit, and fed information by the no-longer-operating Serious and Organised Crime Agency (Soca), police believed Duggan had picked up a gun in Leyton, east London, and was on his way to commit a crime.
Reports are that he had collected a BBM Bruni model 92 handgun. It contained a single bullet.
He was on his way back to Tottenham. With the gun in his possession, police were on his tail. He spotted them following in an unmarked car. Police control gave the order to “strike”. Three police cars swopped, boxing in the taxi. Duggan did not go quietly. He opened the door and got out.
Officer V53 fire not one, not two but three shots. He shot to kill.
V53 said he saw a gun in Duggan’s hand:
“It’s like a freeze-frame moment. The only thing I was focusing on is the gun. The next thing he does, he starts to move the gun away from his body. He’s raised the weapon, moved it a couple of inches away from his body… The next thing he does, he starts to move the gun away from his body. He’s raised the weapon, moved it a couple of inches away from his body.”
But if he was holding the gun, none of the police saw him throw it over a fence onto grass. Duggan was not holding a gun when police fired. The gun was wrapped in a sock. Polce found none of Duggan’s DNA nor fingerprints on it. It had not been cocked for firing.
Was Duggan going to shoot? The officer says he thought so. In a split second he made the call to fire.
One bullet his Duggan in the arm, going on to lodge in a police radio. Another bullet hit Duggan in the chest.
The Met told the IPCC Duggan had fired at police. It had been a shoot out. No. He never shot.
The armed officers made written statements as they sat in one room. Did they confer?
The mini cab was not immediately quarantined.
Detective Chief Inspector Mick Foote said
“Intelligence over that period and historically was a clear indication Mark Duggan was involved in gun crime. As well as gun crime, he was involved in the supply of class-A drugs and possession of ammunition – all of them very serious crimes.”
August 5: Police says they shot twice. They saw a gun was found at the scene. They appeal for witnesses.
The gun if found 20 yards away from where Duggan was shot.
August 6: A march through Tottenham demands ‘justice’ for Duggan’s death. Things turn nasty.
A photograph of the taxi which Mark Duggan was travelling in on the night he was shot in Tottenham. The jury were told they must decide whether the gun was planted on him by police
August 7-11: Riots. Across the country hundreds of people riot.
The remains of a burned out bus in Tottenham, north London as trouble flared after members of the community took to the streets last night to demand “justice”, after Mark Duggan, 29, was shot dead by police on Thursday.
Picture date: Sunday August 7, 2011.
An injured policeman is helped away from the front line by a colleague in Tottenham, north London as trouble flared after members of the community took to the streets last night to demand “justice”, after Mark Duggan, 29, was shot dead by police on Thursday.
Picture date: Sunday August 7, 2011.
August 10: An inquest into the shooting is opened and adjourned. Mr Duggan was killed by a single gunshot wound to the chest.
A group of youths walk past a sign where Mark Duggan, a 29-year-old father of four, was gunned down by police in disputed circumstances a week ago, Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011 in Tottenham, north London. Britain’s riots began Saturday when an initially peaceful protest over a police shooting in north London turned violent. That clash triggered wider lawlessness that police struggled to halt. Across London, and then in cities throughout England, rioters set stores on fire and looted shops for sneakers, bicycles, electronics and leather goods. (AP Photo/Karel Prinsloo)
Members of the IPCC ask members of the public if they witnessed Mark Duggan’s death in Tottenham exactly one week ago.
Picture date: Thursday, August 11, 2011.
September 18 – Kevin Hutchinson-Foster’s trial begins. He’s accused of supplying Duggan with the gun. The court is told that Mr Duggan had a loaded gun in his hand when he was shot.
February 26, 2013 – Hutchinson-Foster is jailed for 11 years.
People pray for unity in the community, near the scene where Mark Duggan, a 29-year-old father of four, was gunned down by police in disputed circumstances a week ago, in Tottenham, north London, Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011.
A hearse carrying the coffin of Mark Duggan, whose death sparked last month’s rioting in London, ahead of the funeral cortege travelling through the Broadwater Farm estate in Tottenham, north London, Friday, Sept. 9, 2011. The father of four was shot dead by officers in Tottenham on August 4
The brothers of police shooting victim Mark Duggan, Shaun Hall (left) and Marlon Duggan (second left) lead his funeral cortege as it makes its way to the New Testament Church of God in Wood Green, north London.
Picture date: Friday September 9, 2011. Mourners turned out today to bid a final farewell to the police shooting victim whose death sparked the first night of devastating riots across England. Amid lingering tensions between family members and detectives, the ornate cortege carrying the body of Mark Duggan made its way to his private funeral after passing through North London’s Broadwater Farm estate.
The funeral cortege of Mark Duggan arrives at the New Testament Church of God in Wood Green, north London for his funeral service.
Picture date: Friday September 9, 2011.
A mourner holds an order of service following the funeral of police shooting victim Mark Duggan at the New Testament Church of God in Wood Green, north London.
Carole Duggan (centre), the aunt of Mark Duggan who was shot by armed police in north London, sparking a wave of riots across the country, arrives at the inquest into his death at the Royal Courts of Justice, central London.
Picture date: Thursday September 19, 2013. Mr Duggan, 29, was killed when he was shot by police who stopped the taxi in which he was travelling in Tottenham in August 2011. There has been speculation that he was on his way to carry out a revenge killing for his cousin’s death at the time. Local outrage at the police shooting marked the start of a wave of rioting, looting and arson across the UK.
Pam Duggan, mother of Mark Duggan, looks on during a break from the full inquest on the death of her son at the Royal Courts of Justice in London, Monday, Sept. 16, 2013.
Family and friends of Mark Duggan, accompanied by Michael Mansfield QC (light coat) look on as the jury in the inquest into his death visit the scene of his shooting in Tottenham, north London.
Picture date: Thursday September 19, 2013.
The jury, accompanied by Judge Keith Cutler, in the inquest into the death of Mark Duggan visit the scene of his shooting in Tottenham, north London.
Picture date: Thursday September 19, 2013.
Duggans spearhead justice campaign
(left -right) front row – Shaun Hall, the brother of Mark Duggan, Sheila Sylvester, Mother of Roger Sylvester, Community Leader Stafford Scott, Myrna Simpson Mother of Joy Gardener, Patrick Jarrett son of Cynthia Jarrett, Back Row – Simone, Partner of Shaun Hall, Rupert Sylvester Father of Roger Sylvester, Michael Jarrett son of Cynthia Jarrett and Floyd Jarret son of Cynthia Jarrett, at the launch of the Tottenham Defence Campaign, at North London Community House in Tottenham.
Picture date: Wednesday, October 5, 2011. The campaign has been formed to defend access to justice for young people amid community concerns that Tottenham will face disproportionate and unequal treatment in the wake of August’s disturbances. Lewis Whyld/PA Wire
Photo dated 12/12/13 of Pam Duggan, the mother of Mark Duggan, i
September 16 – The Duggan inquest opens.
January 8 2014 – Jury returns a verdict of lawful killing.
Mark Duggan’s aunt Carol Duggan (centre) outside Tottenham police station, London, following an inquest jury finding his death at the hands of a police marksman was lawful, despite him being unarmed when he was shot.
Picture date: Wednesday January 8, 2014.
The jury agreed by a verdict of 8-2 that Duggan, a member of the Tottenham Mandem gang, had a gun, but had not been holding in when he was shot. The jury agreed that Duggan posed a lethal threat. Witnesses state he had reached to the waistband of his trousers. V53 believed he was in danger. He fired. The jut said that was a reasonable assumption.
Video grab of Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley talking outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London after a jury found that Mark Duggan was lawfully killed when he was shot dead by a police marksman.
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