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Mark Duggan: Family of man shot and killed by police settle High Court claim against Met

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 10/10/2019 Bonnie Christian
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The family of a man shot and killed by police have settled a High Court damages claim against the Metropolitan Police over his death.

Mark Duggan was shot in the chest in Tottenham in 2011 after officers said they were attempting to arrest him on suspicion of planning an attack. His death sparked civil unrest across England.

In March, civil proceedings were brought by his mother, Pamela Duggan, and some of his children, who accused Scotland Yard of liability for the death and sought compensation.

At a brief hearing in London on Thursday, Mr Justice Stewart approved a confidential settlement of Mr Duggan's family's claim against the Met.

a person standing in front of a flower: The family of Mark Duggan - whose killing sparked civil unrest across England -has settled a High Court damages claim against the Metropolitan Police over his shooting. (PA) © Provided by Independent Digital News & Media Limited The family of Mark Duggan - whose killing sparked civil unrest across England -has settled a High Court damages claim against the Metropolitan Police over his shooting. (PA)

The court heard the parties had agreed terms - which are confidential at the request of the Duggan family - after mediation took place last month.

A statement on behalf of the family said: "The settlement was made after both parties engaged in mediation and reached an agreed position without acceptance of liability on the part of the MPS or its officers.

"Both sides have agreed to bring all proceedings concerning the death of Mr Duggan to a conclusion and move forward in the best interests of all those involved."

His family, led by Mr Duggan's mother, were outraged at the 2014 inquest verdict that the father-of-six was "lawfully killed".

No firearm was found on Mr Duggan after he had been shot by an officer - known only as V53 - and his death sparked riots in London, Birmingham, Bristol, Manchester and other English cities for nearly a week.

Armed officers intercepted the minicab Mr Duggan was travelling in on the basis of intelligence that he was part of a gang and had collected a gun.

He was shot twice by V53 on August 4 2011. One of the hits was fatal.

An inquest jury concluded Mr Duggan, who jumped from the taxi, had dropped the firearm on to grass as soon as the car came to a stop - but the officer "honestly believed" Mr Duggan still had a gun at the time he was shot.

His family lost a legal challenge in March 2017 when Court of Appeal judges ruled the 8-2 majority verdict was lawful.

The armed officers involved in the shooting were cleared of any wrongdoing by the police watchdog in 2015 following a three-and-a-half year investigation.

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