Mark Duggan lawful killing verdict upheld

From BBC News:

The mother of Mark Duggan, whose death sparked nationwide riots after he was shot by a police marksman, has lost a High Court bid to overturn a finding that her son was “lawfully killed”.

In January an inquest jury found Mr Duggan, 29, was lawfully killed in August 2011 in Tottenham, north London, despite being unarmed.

Three judges have rejected Pamela Duggan’s accusation that coroner Judge Keith Cutler misdirected the jury and dismissed her application for judicial review.

Ms Duggan, other family members and supporters reacted with shock and anger after the inquest jury returned its majority verdict.

‘Always carries a risk’
The Metropolitan Police released a statement following the announcement, saying that tackling those believed to be armed “always carries a risk”.

“We are not complacent; our primary aim is keeping Londoners safe, and we recognise the considerable and devastating impact of gun crime on those affected by it,” it said.

“We will continue to learn and develop our methods for firearms operations to keep Londoners safe.”

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