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Vigil held for death that sparked English riots

Published on Jan 12, 2014 6:26 AM

LONDON (AFP) - Several hundred demonstrators rallied outside a London police station Saturday to condemn an inquest which found that the killing of an armed man by an officer in 2011 was lawful, a shooting that sparked nationwide riots.

They condemned the "perverse" jury verdict returned on Wednesday over the death of Mark Duggan, who was shot after armed police stopped the taxi he was in as they trailed it through Tottenham, north London, in August 2011.

The jury found Duggan had a gun in the taxi but did not have it in his hand when the fatal shot was fired, having thrown it onto some nearby grass.

The peaceful protesters gathered outside Tottenham police station held placards reading "Justice for Mark Duggan", and heard from other families whose relatives have died in incidents involving the police.

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