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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.

Regional journalism's role in exposing injustice

Ronke Phillips with cameraman Bill Jones with their Amnesty International award Credit: ITN

Ronke Phillips says,

"I am absolutely thrilled to have won a prestigious Amnesty International Award for the second year running.

"You don't have to travel the world to find human rights abuses. The case of Kristy Bamu - who was murdered in London as part of a belief system that has its roots in the Congo - is a prime example of the most horrific abuse happening on our doorstep.

"This award confirms regional journalism has as much a role to play in exposing injustice as national and international news."

Award won for piece on witchcraft trial

It's the second year in a row Ronke has won the award. This year, it was for her piece on the horrific murder of a 15 year old boy killed by his sister and her partner, they believed, to protect another child from evil spirits.

A West African born couple were found guilty of torturing and murdering Kristy Bamu and were jailed for life in March last year. The judge at the Old Bailey said the case had been so harrowing the jury would be exempted from any further service for the rest of their lives.

Ronke Phillips travelled to the Congo with African Religion expert Dr Richard Hoskins, to investigate the origins of the belief system which cost Kristy his life and its connection to London.