The inquest into the death of Mark Duggan, shot by police marksmen in the summer of 2011, has begun at the Royal Courts of Justice. Mark’s family and friends have been waiting for more than two years for the inquest to begin, and an IPCC inquiry in the meantime has provided no answers, other than to claim in August this year that there was ‘no criminality’ on the part of the police officers who shot Mark. We demand that there be a transparent and fair inquiry into the circumstances surrounding Mark’s killing, so that his family and friends may finally receive a modicum of justice.
Mark’s name is now indelibly linked to the riots that took place across England in August 2011, but he is only one of many to be killed at the hands of the police over the years. We demand justice for all those killed in custody, and for those who have been injured or killed following an encounter with the police. We hope that Mark Duggan’s inquest will be an opportunity for these wrongs to begin to be properly and finally righted. Initiated by Defend the Right to Protest Campaign, including:
Janet Alder, sister of Christopher Alder
Susan Alexander, Azelle Rodney Campaign for Justice
Samantha Rigg-David, Sean Rigg Justice & Change Campaign
Alfie Meadows, injured student protester
Ken Fero, director “Injustice” and the United Families and Friends CampaignTo sign the statement please email your name to firstname.lastname@example.org