The Mark Duggan Verdict – Business As Usual

Media Diversified

by Lee Pinkerton

On Wednesday 8th January 2013 the jury at the High Court in London found the Police officer who shot Mark Duggan dead in the streets of Tottenham in 2011, not guilty of unlawful killing. How, they asked, could the Police shoot an unarmed man and it be considered lawful?  Some commentators described the verdict as ‘strange’ or ‘surprising’, but I for one wasn’t surprised.  This is business as usual for the Criminal Justice system in Britain.  The Police are NEVER convicted of unlawful killing, unless there is video evidence which can prove it – and even then, it’s an uphill struggle.

The presumption of the Great-British-Public and the Main-Stream-Media is that if the Police use force, then that force must be warranted.  If the Police use deadly force, then they must have considered themselves or the public to be in mortal danger.  In this case the…

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