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Submitted by Matthew on Wed, 15/01/2014 - 11:18

I agree with the main thrust of the statement about police racism towards young black people but is it really true to say that the police or the media are guilty of "making out" Mark Duggan to be a gangster when he wasn't?

It seems – unless the police planted it later – that Duggan had just collected a handgun before the taxi he was travelling in was stopped. He is also connected through his aunt, who appeared on the steps of the court, to one of the most violent crime families in Manchester, the city where Duggan spent his teenage years. It does put him in a different category I think to people like Jean Charles de Menezes, a Brazilian electrician going to work on the Tube. Whether the police shot him knowing he had thrown away his gun is of course another question, and not one we are really in a position to judge.

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