Family Of Mark Duggan Continue Fight To Overturn ‘Lawful Killing’ Ruling
Through solicitor Marcia Willis Stewart, the mother of Mark Duggan vows to fight a ‘lawful killing’ court ruling that was upheld in courts by three judges yesterday. The 29-year-old Duggan was shot and killed by police in Tottenham in 2011 after they suspected that he was carrying a handgun (he wasn’t).
Speaking during a press conference, held at the North London Community Centre in Tottenham, Stewart said:
My client, Mark’s mother, Pamela Duggan, has nevertheless asked me say on her behalf that she is extremely disappointed at the judgment that has just been handed down.
She remains deeply distressed about the death of her son and the circumstances in which it occurred and has instructed the legal team to lodge an appeal. To this end the application may be made before the court today.
Ms. Duggan is also challenging whether officers should be allowed to confer prior to any court case involving a fatality by police in a new legal action; she also accused Judge Keith Cutler of “misdirecting the jury”.
Mark Duggan’s aunt Carole also made a powerful statement during the conference:
Once again our family feels totally let down, disheartened and disappointed. Mark’s mum Pamela is suffering from anxiety, panic attacks and cancer. We just don’t know how much more of this she can take.
We believe that we are being punished for the uprising of 2011. We believe we are not getting a fair trial because of that.
The family has been on a roller coaster of emotions for the last three years, but we will continue to fight and we will do whatever it takes – by any means necessary, we will get justice.