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Police admit Mark Duggan stop tactic was not reviewed

Mr Duggan was shot by a Scotland Yard marksman after armed officers stopped the taxi in which he was travelling in Tottenham in August 2011. Credit: ITV News

Scotland Yard ignored recommendations to review a controversial "hard stop" police tactic that was employed against Mark Duggan when he was shot in 2011, sparking rioting across the country, it has emerged.

The Metropolitan Police had been advised to review its use of the "high risk option" in 2005 by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), the BBC's Panorama programme has found.

The pre-planned "hard stop" tactic sees armed officers deliberately intercept a vehicle to confront suspects.

Scotland Yard has conceded it was wrong not to have reviewed the tactic at the time, but said an "interim review" had now been completed by the College of Policing.

Officer who shot Duggan could be on duty within weeks

The police marksman who killed Mark Duggan could be back on duty within weeks after an inquest jury found that the shooting was lawful.

Scotland Yard has confirmed that the "post-incident support programme" has begun for the officer, identified only as V53, involving medical tests and training.

A spokesman said:

Following the jury's finding of lawful killing in the Mark Duggan inquest, the MPS (Metropolitan Police Service) will now start the post- incident support programme for the firearms officers involved.

This process includes medical tests, refresher training and an assessment of the individual officer's welfare.

Any suggestion the officers will immediately be deployed with firearms is premature. This process applies equally to those officers who carry a firearm or who are deployed to command armed operations.

The Duggan family, who reacted furiously to the lawful killing inquest finding last week, have been told about the move.

Coroner invites Duggan family to 'help change tactics'

The coroner in the controversial Mark Duggan inquest has said he will ask the Duggan family to help shape recommendations on police firearms procedure, the Mail on Sunday has reported.

Senior circuit judge Keith Cutler told the newspaper he will take "the unusual, perhaps unique step" of inviting submissions from the Duggan family.

The jury, accompanied by Judge Keith Cutler, in the inquest into the death of Mark Duggan. Credit: PA

Judge Cutler said: "Whatever you think of him as an individual, Mark Duggan was somebody’s son. No one wanted him to die.

"Normally I would hide away and come to my own conclusions about these recommendations but this has been a highly charged and high- profile case. I have wanted to have transparency for all the parties and the public.

"The obvious one, that officers wear head cameras on these types of operations, has already been put forward. But there will be other issues including the training of officers and preparation for operations".

Aunt condemns media 'campaign' against Mark Duggan

Mark Duggan's aunt Carole has condemned a media "campaign" that she said had portrayed him as a "gangster" at today's vigil for the 29-year-old outside a police station in Tottenham.

"What we have got to remember - Mark isn't here and we are doing this for his children," she told protesters, who held placards calling for "justice" after an inquest ruled Mr Duggan had been lawfully killed by a police marksman in 2011.

Mrs Duggan called for a new Independent Police Complaints Commission investigation (IPCC) into her nephew's death, which was followed by rioting across the country.

Mark Duggan's aunt, Carole, said "we have no alternative but to go back to basics, start at the beginning" with a new inquest. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

"Let's show the country that we are not this gangster family that the media has been systematically portraying us as," Carole Duggan told the crowd.

"Mark was not a gangster, the media sustained a campaign against him. We're just an ordinary family."

Mark Duggan's mother, Pamela, joined other protesters in releasing 20 white doves as a symbol of peace as the demonstration came to an end. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire


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Birmingham vigil calls for 'justice' for Mark Duggan

More than a dozen people have gathered in Birmingham city centre today in a show of solidarity for the family of Mark Duggan.

Bearing posters calling for "justice" and declaring "No to police violence", the protesters met outside the West Midlands Police headquarters, at Lloyd House.

People at the vigil outside Lloyd House today Credit: ITV News Central

Mr Duggan was killed when he was shot by police in London in 2011, sparking the riots which then spread across the country - including major violence in Birmingham and Wolverhampton.

His family has expressed outrage at the verdict of an inquest jury, which ruled he had been killed lawfully.

Some of the posters read "Justice for Mark Duggan" and "No to police violence" Credit: ITV News Central
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