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Armed Struggle: Duggan Police Should Be Accountable

by | 9th, January 2014

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MARK Duggan was no angel. The 29-year-old father-of-six’s most ardent friends and family would probably agree.

He died when shot by a still anonymous (to the British Public) police officer.

Was the man who police immediately after the shooting branded as a gun-wielding gangsta who opened fire on them, a victim of the UK’s collective loss of innocence?

The country which has a complete arms ban on hand guns has since the ban’s introduction seen a massive growth in the number of armed alleged criminals and a matching increase in the very much more superior arming of huge numbers of police officers.

As a child he lived in the Broadwater Farm Estate which was a breeding ground of mistrust and conflict between the majority black population and the, now universally accepted, predominately white, right-wing and institutionally racist Metropolitan police force.

The estate’s name was branded into the UK’s population psyche when the unarmed beat bobby PC Keith Blakelock was cornered and chopped to death during the Broadwater Estate riots of October 6, 1985. He was the first serving police officer slaughtered during a civil disturbance for over a century.


Mark Duggan
Duggan was four-years-old at time.

The estate was and still is almost a total no-go area and was the subject material for describing the hard to police housing estate depicted as the fictional Jasmine Allen Estate which featured so well in the long running police soap The Bill. Much of what was shown as entertainment was true of the Broadwater Farm Estate. ( The riots in photos. )

Difficult to police and impossible to control .

Then, just when and where were police given the authority to have any role in control of the population?

It is all too easy to point a finger at the Metropolitan Police Force and say this is racist black-white problem.

Alleged criminal activity and rioting are not the sole preserve of large multi-racial greater London housing estates. Remember Meadow Well Estate in Northumbria Police Force’s backyard of North Shields?
In September 1991 a confrontational policing policy resulted in mass rioting after the death of two youths involved in a car chase. There were 300 arrests. There was not an ethnic issue.

Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham and other large conurbations have endemic gun crime and draconian policing policies. The rise of zero-tolerance gung-ho Chief Constables was not helpful in communities which still mistrusted and actively sought to outwit law enforcement.

It was clear in both Broadwater and Meadow Well police had lost touch and

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