Azelle Rodney report published

The final report looking into the death of Azelle Rodney has been published. It concludes that the officer who fired the lethal shots used force which was not "strictly proportionate".

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Police owe me apology for killing son, says mother

Mother: report backs my view that Azelle was executed

My son was executed, Susan Alexander said at the press conference this morning Credit: ITN

Mr Rodney's mother, Susan Alexander, said at a press conference this morning:

"This report has found that there was no lawful justification for my son's killing by the police.

He was fired at eight times in under two seconds and not one of those shots was lawfully discharged by the officer concerned.

I thank Sir Christopher Holland for his thorough and excellent report. I hope it will be groundbreaking and cause a shift in thinking by police.

Azelle's death was wholly avoidable - I shouldn't be sitting here now, beginning another chapter in my fight for justice for him.

When I gave evidence to the inquiry on September 4 2012, I said that it seemed to me that Azelle was executed. The chairman's report, after detailed study of the evidence, is that he is sure and satisfied he shares my view.

I do not seek to justify what Azelle was doing on the day he died, but he was entitled to be apprehended and, if there was evidence, to be charged and brought before a court of law to face trial before a jury.

The fact that he was strongly suspected in being involved in crime does not justify him or anyone else being summarily killed."


  1. Ronke Phillips

Officer used force which was not "strictly proportionate"

Ronke Phillips Credit: ITN

Our Correspondent Ronke Phillips has been following the case and has sent this report:

An official inquiry report has criticised theMetropolitan police over the shooting dead of a man by a firearms officer.

The report concludes the officer who fired the lethalshots used force which was not " strictly proportionate".

Azelle Rodney was killed in Edgware in 2005 after police forced the car he was travelling in to make a "hard stop".

He was shot six times by an officer known as E7.

Officers say they had intelligence that Rodney and the two other men in the car were armed and on their way to rob a Columbian drugs gang.

Evidence heard by the inquiry conflicted with the police account.

The report says the first six shots were fired in just 1.11 seconds.

The judge also concludes that the operation was not controlled and planned to minimise recourse to what it calls "lethal force"

It's understood E7 plans to challenge the findings and has already sent a letter to the inquiry outlining his objections.

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