Sunday, 7 August 2011

It was a police bullet - Metropolitan Police can't stop spinning

The Tottenham riots were sparked by the fatal shooting of Mark Duggan, a local man, by the Metropolitan Police. Immediately after the shooting, the police let it be known that Duggan had shot at them and that a police officer had only avoided serious injury because a bullet had lodged in his radio.
The Sun enthusiastically picked up on the story. The sister paper of the News of the World had also mysteriously obtained the last text message from the victim.
Suspected gangster Mark Duggan, 29, fired a handgun at an armed cop, whose life was saved when the bullet hit his radio.

The officer returned fire with his Heckler & Koch MP5 sub-machine gun - blasting dad-of-five Duggan twice in the face before slumping to the ground.

Duggan, known by the street name Starrish Mark, was a so-called gangsta member of North London's Tottenham Man Dem gang, which has links to Jamaica's ruthless Yardies.

A clear case of self-defence then?
Er, no. The Guardian then broke the story that the police lodged in the radio was, in fact, fired by a police gun:
Initial ballistics tests on the bullet that lodged in a police officer's radio when Mark Duggan died on Thursday night show it was a police issue bullet, the Guardian understands.

The Guardian's crime correspondent, Sandra Laville, reports:

The revelation will fuel the fury in Tottenham about the killing of Mark Duggan by armed officers.

It also undermines suggestions that there was an exchange of fire between Duggan and the police before he died.

The bullet which was found lodged in the radio of one of the officers at the scene is still undergoing forensic tests. But reliable sources have said the first ballistics examinations suggested it was a police issue bullet.

These are very distinct as the Metropolitan Police uses dum dum type hollowed out bullets designed not to pass through an object.

The early suggestion from the IPCC was that the Met officers had returned fire after someone in the minicab opened fire. But the result of the ballistics early test suggests both shots fired came from the police.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission is currently investigating, just as it did in the case of Jean Charles de Menezes. This was the Brazilian shot and killed by the Metropolitan Police in 2007 and subsequently painted as a "bomber" by the media. The police press machine span a host of lies about his "suspicious" actions, which were all exposed as lies in the subsequent inquest.
Once again, it appears the police spin machine can't help itself in defending the indefensible.


Anonymous said...

What's that supposed to mean?

Anonymous said...

all cops lie.

Anonymous said...

Surely, the first relevant fact, that of Duggan discharging a round, is the most easy to establish, and that is the first pertinent fact that the most senior officer would have made himself aware of. Press releases and public relations is then a downhill run. The claim "avoided serious injury because a bullet had lodged in his radio" is a bit strange. When ARUs attend a shout the radio is strapped to the OUTSIDE of the body armour. Surely a deflection from a radio is more lethal than a round in the Kevlar. I do hope an officer has not been tempted to subsequently unload a round into a radio to back up a false story already released from Scotland Yard. Curious.

Anonymous said...

If you were going to let one off into the radio one would have expected the cops to use Duggan's gun and not their own.

Glydel said...