Mark Duggan’s mother praises coroner

Mark Duggan & Familysource: The Guardian 
published: 4 June 2014

The mother of Mark Duggan has praised the coroner in the inquest of her son, saying that his strongly worded report, calling for changes in police practices, has given her “a ray of hope”.

Pamela Duggan said that when the inquest jury returned a verdict earlier this year that her son’s fatal shooting by police in August 2011 was lawful, she was beside herself.

But she said the report published on Wednesday by Judge Keith Cutler, under schedule 5 of the Coroners & Justice Act to prevent future deaths, has brought her some comfort. “It has made me feel a bit easier in my heart,” she said.

The report lists eight key concerns about Duggan’s death and calls for changes in how intelligence is used in operations like that involving Duggan, changes to the way police sit together to write statements after fatal shootings and evidence gathering.

She said: “The coroner said that allowing the police to confer creates the perception of collusion and I agree with him.”

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