Family Of Mark Duggan To Sue Met Police Over His Death

Mark Duggan

It has been reported that the family of Mark Duggan are set to sue the Metropolitan Police over his death. The father of six was shot dead in Tottenham by police who believed he was carrying a gun, but there was no firearm found on Duggan after he was shot dead. 

Duggan’s death sparked riots in London, and across cities in England, back in August 2011, as many believed he was murdered unjustly. 

According to a Metropolitan Police spokesman, the force received a civil claim from the Duggan family. There were no further comments. 

Police officers were informed that Duggan was a part of a gang and had collected a gun when they followed him whilst he travelled in a minicab. Upon leaving the taxi, Duggan was shot twice by a police officer known as V53, fatally killing him. It was concluded by an inquest jury that Duggan had dropped the firearm as soon as the taxi stopped, but V53 “honestly believed” that Duggan still had a gun at the time he was shot. 

Duggan’s family were outraged at the 2014 inquest verdict which stated that he was “lawfully killed”, but lost a legal battle which ruled that the verdict was lawful. 

Following a three-and-a-half year investigation, the officers involved in the shooting were cleared of any wrongdoing by the police.