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“Mark Duggan was executed. We still believe that.”

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Come to the vigil for Mark Duggan at 2pm, Saturday 11 January, outside Tottenham police station, 398 High Road, London N17 9JA
For more details see the Facebook event set up by the campaign. It’s also well worth reading Stafford Scott’s meticulous examination of the inquest evidence and verdict in the Guardian today.

A wave of shock and fury swept across the country today as news broke that Mark Duggan’s inquest jury had delivered a verdict of “lawful killing” – despite determining that Mark was unarmed when police shot him dead on 4 August 2011.

“The majority of people in this country know that Mark Duggan was executed,” said Mark’s aunt Carole Duggan. “He was executed and we still believe that.”

“We are going to fight until we have no breath in our body for justice, for Mark, for his children, for all those who have died in custody – for as long as it takes.”

You can taste the anger at the verdict in this video clip from Channel 4 News of Metropolitan Police assistant commissioner Mark Rowley being shouted down by the crowd. His statement is barely audible under the furious cries.

The full report of the inquest detailing the jury’s verdict is available as a PDF document on the official Duggan Inquest website. The Guardian has a report on the family reacting with fury to the inquest verdict. It also samples the mood on the streets of Tottenham where Mark was gunned down.

Marcia Willis Stewart, solicitor for the family, said: “What we have seen today is a perverse judgement. The jury found that he had no gun in his hand – and yet he was gunned down. For us that is an unlawful killing.”

Clasford Stirling at the Broadwater Farm Estate told the Guardian: “So everything the police did leading up that shooting is wrong, and yet they still did right? How are people meant to feel now? As a black person, as a black parent, I tell you now, I fear for my children on the street. Are they going to be shot by police too? How can you shoot an unarmed man? How is that right?”

Later that evening Carole Duggan spoke to reporters outside Tottenham police station. The family are considering the next steps in their campaign and will release a fuller statement shortly. They appealed for messages of solidarity and support to be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Come to the vigil for Mark Duggan at 2pm, Saturday 11 January, outside Tottenham police station, 398 High Road, London N17 9JA

For more details see the Facebook event set up by the campaign. It’s also well worth reading Stafford Scott’s meticulous examination of the inquest evidence and verdict in the Guardian today.

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This article was originally posted on the RS21 blog.