Mark Duggan shooting: family settle high court claim against Met

Mark Duggan
Mark Duggan

source: The Guardian  
published: 10 October 2019

The family of Mark Duggan, whose killing sparked civil unrest across England in 2011, have settled a high court claim against the Metropolitan police.

Duggan, 29, was shot dead in Tottenham, north London, after armed officers intercepted the minicab in which he was travelling on the basis of intelligence that he was carrying a gun. A pistol was later found about seven metres away from the minicab.

Duggan’s shooting in August 2011, by an officer known only as V53, sparked riots in London, Birmingham, Bristol, Manchester and other English cities for nearly a week.

His family have now settled their damages claim against the Met, which has made no admission of liability for Duggan’s death, the high court heard on Thursday.

At a hearing in London, Mr Justice Stewart approved the terms of the settlement, which is confidential at the request of the Duggan family. The judge said the family’s case concerned the “legality” of the shooting.

He said, had the case gone to trial, the court would have examined whether Duggan was holding a gun when he was fatally shot, adding that there was “disputed expert evidence” about whether the pistol found nearby could have been thrown by Duggan during the shooting.

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