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Jury finds police lawfully killed man whose death sparked UK riots

Published on Jan 9, 2014 1:14 AM
 
 Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley (centre) addresses the crowd outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London on Jan 8, 2014 after the inquest into the shooting by police of Mark Duggan in 2011 presented its conclusion. A British inquest jury concluded that a man who was shot dead by police in London in 2011 was lawfully killed, sparking angry outbursts in court from his family and supporters. -- PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (AFP) - A British inquest jury concluded on Wednesday that a man who was shot dead by police in London in 2011 was lawfully killed, sparking angry outbursts in court from his family and supporters.

Mr Mark Duggan, 29, did not have a gun in his hand at the time of the killing in Tottenham, north London, in August 2011, the jury at the Old Bailey court found.

But the father-of-four did have a gun with him when police stopped the taxi in which he was travelling and he threw it away shortly before he was shot, they said.

After the jury recorded a verdict of lawful killing by a majority of 8-2, Duggan's brother shouted obscenities at jurors as they left court while other supporters screamed "murderers." Some smashed a door and security staff were called to contain the situation.

 
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