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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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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."

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