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Who Started The London Riots?

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When state "security' forces murder a citizen in cold blood in broad daylight, and members of his community vent their anger in the only way they know how, who's to blame for the fallout? The British government and the mainstream media would like us to believe that it's the victim and members of his community. But then, we all know better than to believe the words of government officials and media whores. Or at least we should. In fact, how many times do we need to have cold, hard evidence of government and media lies dropped in our laps before we get the message once and for all?

Oh well, once more with feeling"

IPCC: No Evidence Mark Duggan Shot At PCs

An IPCC ballistics report said there was "no evidence" that a handgun found near where Mark Duggan was shot by armed officers had been used.

The 29-year-old died after a gunshot to the chest on Thursday. The death sparked the first night of rioting in London in Tottenham.

Mr Duggan had been a passenger in a silver Toyota Estima minicab in Ferry Lane, close to Tottenham Hale Tube station, which was believed to have been stopped by police.

His death came after two shots were fired by a Scotland Yard CO19 firearms officer, investigations show.

The initial results confirmed reports that a bullet found lodged in a police radio at the scene was police issue.

Of course, given that the IPCC report amounts to a police investigation of the police itself, we shouldn't be surprised that many questions remain unanswered.

For example, if Mark Duggan did not shoot at police, how did a bullet get lodged in one of the policemen's radios? More to the point, how did a police issue bullet get lodged there? And how did this come to be the initial "evidence' that Duggan fired at police? The gun that the police claim to have found in the taxi that Duggan was travelling in was a "Bruni BBM', which means it was either an air gun or a blank starter pistol. Interestingly enough, last year, the WestMidlands police issued an amnesty on just this make of gun which previously did not need a license. Assuming their amnesty drive was successful, there are probably quite a few of these guns floating around UK police stations" I'm sure one or two wouldn't be missed.

Then there is this eyewitness testimony to the killing of Duggan:

"I saw about six unmarked police cars cornering a people carrier near a bus stop right outside Tottenham Hale station.

"It looked like they had been chasing the car. I heard the police shout something like, "Don't move" and I saw them drag the driver out of the car. I don't know if they dragged the guy out in the passenger seat -- he was the one who got shot.

"About three or four police officers had both men pinned on the ground at gunpoint. They were really big guns and then I heard four loud shots.'

So from an initial story that went something like: "upon approaching the vehicle we were fired upon by one of the occupants. We returned fire and fatally wounded one man'  it seems the reality was more along the lines of: "Eh, yeah, we dragged him out of the car and executed him in cold blood, then we shot our own radio to make it look like he shot at us, and we might have planted a gun on him, I can't really remember.'

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Jean Charles de Menezes - murdered by CO19 officers

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Joe Quinn is an author, editor and researcher and has been a contributing editor for since 2002. He holds a an MA in international Business Studies and a first degree in Spanish Literature and Information Management and has a professional (more...)
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