Mark Duggan family reacts with fury to verdict of lawful killing

Mark Dugganoriginally by: The Guardian 
published: 8 January 2014

The family of Mark Duggan, whose death sparked the worst riots in modern British history, reacted with fury when an inquest jury ruled on Wednesday that police acted lawfully when they shot him, even though he had not been carrying a gun when he was killed.

By a majority of eight to two, the jury ruled that the 2011 shooting was lawful. The jury said they were sure, by the same eight-to-two majority, that Duggan did not have a weapon in his hands when police surrounded him. By a majority, the jury concluded he “threw” the gun from a cab he was travelling in when armed officers forced it to stop.

The family described the jury’s conclusion as perverse and said they would consider a judicial review.

Duggan’s mother, Pam, broke down in court on hearing the finding and his brother Marlon shouted at the seven men and three women on the jury as they left the courtroom.

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