Mark Duggan was a criminal, plain and simple. Whether or not he held a gun at the exact moment he was shot is really on no importance at all. What is known is that he had obtained a gun 15 minutes earlier. No one knew if he had any more guns with him.
If you start insisting that officers start holding back in case a known armed man has disposed of his weapon the we will end up with more dead policemen. If an officer genuinely believes he or others are in danger then we must not seek to restrain him from taking the action he sees as appropriate, in that split second, in the face of danger.
The family of Mark Duggan cried out for justice. Justice was delivered today. Marks family changed the goal post. They don’t want that justice, they want what they see as justice which is at odds with the verdict.
Marks mother does not appear, to me, to be the sort of person who would know what justice is. Her behaviour at the court was provocative and thoroughly offensive. She said, “I will have a judicial review.” Erm sorry that is not her choice, who does she think she is? His brother, father of six, did nothing to show me he was a grieving soul, rather just a loud mouthed yob as did many of the assembled mob.
Mark Duggan is dead nothing can be done to bring him back. A jury of 10 has concluded that, under the circumstances, he was lawfully killed.
The family of Mark Duggan didn’t deserve to have him die in this way, but he chose his path in life. Let me repeat what I said at the beginning “Mark Duggan was a criminal, plain and simple.”