Mark Duggan, the Police and the UK Riots

28 Dec

Initially, when Mark Duggan, a 29-year-old black man, was shot on 4 August 2011 by police attempting to arrest him in Tottenham, London, United Kingdom, it was claimed that he was in possession of a gun, and tried to use it. Both the British Police and the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), then the Media, all claimed that he had a gun and tried to use it against officers, giving them cause to return fire on him.

However, when the family were informed of his death, they were not given details of this, just that he had been shot, resulting in his death. His family, other relatives, and friends sought additional information as to how he was shot, by visiting the local police station. Although they did receive some information from a police officer, other information was withheld, and requests to speak with another officer and be given detailed answers were ignored.

After this uneventful gathering, local community leaders reported to the police and local council officials, in a meeting, that something was brewing within the community, and that there may be reprecussions for what had occurred and the lack of information.

Neither the local council, nor the police responded to this, and so, the first of the riots occurred, that spread throughout the country, to Birmingham, Croydon, and Salford. The police were forced to issue an apology, but it was too late, and the protests turned into a frenzy of looting and arson.

After the arrests and prosecution of the mindless rioters, we now learn that Mark Duggan died for no reason. It transpires that both the British Police and the Independent Police Complaints Commission had deliberately lied about Mark having a gun and conspired with one another to mislead and withhold information. The Media joined in and stoked the fire, that cost the British economy millions in insurance claim damages and lost revenue.

If we are to move forward, as an open, inclusive, and progressive society, there are lessons to be learned from this pointless death, destruction, and conspiracy. At the heart of this, is crime, corruption, media panic, and transparency for both communities affected and the authorities who govern and determine order.

Need we be reminded of the needless death of Jean Charles de Menezes and police cover up. Unless we address these issues, there will always be another, and there will always be resentment and tensions.

Author: Jason Schumann

Tags: Cultural Analysis, Debating Culture,Mark Duggan, UK riots, Metropolitan Police, British Society, David Lammy, Labour MP for Tottenham, Operation Trident, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Steve Kavanagh, IPCC, Moral Panic, Independent Police Complaints Commission, Metropolitan Police Commander Adrian Hanstock, Broadwater Farm, Death of Jean Charles de Menezes

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