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A HUMAN rights group has called for the case into Mark Duggan’s death to be reopened after new research suggested the original conclusions of a police report into the incident were “incorrect.”
Forensic Architecture has analysed the events that led to the 2011 shooting of the 29-year-old in Tottenham, north London, by a police officer, which sparked widespread riots.
Mr Duggan was shot twice while in the process of throwing away a gun, according to a 2015 police watchdog report. But none of the officers on the scene said they saw a gun flung through the air.
Forensic Architecture, which investigates alleged crimes carried out by states, created a visual model of the scene from officers’ accounts to explore a number of possible scenarios.
All scenarios suggest that the gun would have travelled “through the field of vision of several key witnesses that could have seen it.”
Forensic Architecture director Eyal Weizman told the Guardian that their work undermines the findings by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (now the IOPC) report.
He said: “We found that the conclusion arrived at by the IPCC, that Mark Duggan held the gun in his hand and threw it when he was shot, is incorrect.
“We also found that inquest’s jury conclusion that Mark Duggan has thrown the gun before he exited the minicab, has problems with it.
“We think that the right thing is for this case to be reopened.”
Mr Duggan was shot in the chest and arm after three police cars stopped his minicab based on intelligence that he had picked up a firearm.
An inquest jury found the shooting to be lawful, and the police watchdog found no suggestion of any wrongdoing by the officer who shot him.
The Independent Office for Police Conduct said it would consider reopening the case if “compelling new evidence” was presented.
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