Mark Duggan Vigil Passes Peacefully

12 January 2014, 12:33

It's as the coroner in the Mark Duggan inquest has said he'll ask Duggan's family to help shape police firearms procedure.

Senior circuit judge Keith Cutler told The Mail Sunday he will seek views from Mr Duggan's relatives on the ''training of officers and preparation for operations".

All parties are aware of his decision and the police have asked to hear other views first before submitting their own, he added.

His comments came after relatives of Mr Duggan proclaimed "we are not a gangster family" at a peaceful vigil outside Tottenham police station.

Around 500 protesters gathered outside the three-storey building in north London yesterday afternoon, in protest of the jury's verdict that the 29-year-old was lawfully killed by police.

Mr Duggan's death at the hands of a Metropolitan Police marksman sparked riots across the country in 2011.

His mother, Pamela, aunt, Carole, and brother, Marlon, were joined by crowds carrying placards which read: "Justice for Mark Duggan."

They held a minute's silence before chanting "No justice, no peace".

Carole Duggan told protesters that the media was to blame for portraying her nephew as a gangster.

She said: "The more we people come together and support each other, maybe we can make a better life for our children, for all of those children who have to live in these communities that are over-policed, where they are not free.

"They don't have the same freedom as other children in other parts of the country and that's not fair.

"What we have got to remember - Mark isn't here and we are doing this for his children.

"So let's show the country that we are not this gangster family that the media has been systematically portraying us as.

"Mark was not a gangster, the media sustained a campaign against him.

"We're just an ordinary family."

Mr Duggan's aunt also called for a new Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) investigation into his death.

She told reporters: "Mark did not get the justice he deserved from the inquest, so therefore we have no alternative but to go back to basics, start at the beginning.

"The beginning was with the IPCC - what we really want the IPCC to do now is what they should have done in the beginning and that is a thorough investigation

As the protest came to an end, 20 white doves symbolising peace were released.