He shot us, no he didn’t

The latest from the investigation into the death of  Mark Duggan, whose death sparked the UK riots this summer, is worth taking on board.

Recall that when police shot him dead, Duggan was initially said to have fired on police. And a shot Duggan supposedly fired almost killed a policeman, except it lodged in his radio.

The point we are at now is that a) Duggan did not fire a shot b) Duggan did not have a weapon in his hands.

Instead there was a weapon inside a sock inside a box in the back of his car that police had information he had acquired.

It is not quite as bad as shooting an unarmed electrician in the head multiple times at point blank range. But the Duggan killing points to a London police force parts of which have lost touch with what policing means as a profession.



Two of three members of a community liaison group set up to create trust in the official investigation into Duggan’s death have resigned. And the Met is running to the Press Complaints Commission with what looks like a very lame complaint against The Guardian‘s reporting (same link); it isn’t quite Giuliano Mignini firing off allegations of criminal libel against any journalist who gainsays him, but it is a little chip hewn from the same moral block.