Inquest into Mark Duggan death case may not be held | News

An inquest into the death of Mark Duggan, whose killing at the hands of Metropolitan Police sparked four days of riots across London and the UK, may not take place, the BBC reports.

At the most recent pre-inquest hearing, the Independent Police Complaints Commission said that sensitive material regarding decisions made by officers may have to be kept from the coroner. The investigation has been delayed and findings may be unavailable until early autumn, a full year after Duggan’s killing. If no inquest is held, an inquiry would need to be arranged and evidence would have to be heard in private, according to the coroner.

Duggan, a father of four, was shot by police on 4 August of last year after being pulled over in a taxi stopped in Tottenham, North London, by the Met police as part of a planned operation. Anger over his death and how it was handled spurred what started as a peaceful protest by Duggan’s friends and family but soon erupted into rioting that started in Tottenham and spread across the country. It was initially said that Duggan shot at officers, but that was proven untrue by ballistic tests. At a pre-inquest hearing last month, the IPCC admitted making a “mistake” in saying Duggan had shot at the police.

[via BBC]