IPCC should be scrapped, says family of Mark Duggan
PUBLISHED June 28, 2012
Speaking after the body was threatened with contempt of court as it refused to release evidence to the coroner in regard to the fatal shooting that triggered last summer's riots, Mr Duggan's family demanded answers.
Mr Duggan, 29, was shot dead by police marksmen as he travelled in a taxi they were following on August 4th last year . A gun was found near his body.
After a pre-inquest review hearing at North London Coroner's Court, which saw angry exchanges between the coroner and representatives of the IPCC, the family also called for lead investigator Colin Sparrow to resign.
Misslou Pinnock, his grandmother, said: "I am really surprised at the way they have taken my grandson from me as if he was an animal."
His aunt, Carole Duggan, added: "There is a lot of anger from the family because we are almost 11 months down the line and we are still no further on, we know nothing more than we did last August.
"It makes us question what the IPCC are trying to hide. They are supposed to be independent, but they are not because they are not investigating the police they are working with the police against us.
"They are trying to obstruct the coroner by undermining his position and refusing information that any normal case would have access to. It leads us to suspect there is something not right about this."
She said the family were "hurt" that they were only just discovering information that the IPCC claimed they thought they knew - adding: "How could we know if they didn't tell us."
Carole said: "They are incompetent and they should be abolished - 65 per cent of the IPCC are made up of ex police officers, we do not trust them, the have to be abolished and replaced with an organisation made up of ordinary people.
"I understand that this has never happened in any other inquest so why should it happen to us. We need answers. His parents feel that Mark is being forgotten, and maybe that is what the IPCC want, for this to be swept under the carpet."
Mrs Pinnock, who has travelled from Jamaica to be with her family following the tragedy, said that she had been prevented from attending the funeral.
Speaking for the first time about her grandson's death, she said: "I just can't understand, I am old he should be the one to bury me, instead we have to bury him in his young age leaving all his children there.
"Yes we are angry, why should it take so long? Because they keep coming up with lies and covering up."
Carole said she had told Mr Sparrow on numerous occasional that he should not be in his job because of the "amount of lies" he had told the family and called for him to stand down.
She said: "They don't call it lies, they call it twisting the truth, but he has been caught out on so many discrepancies. The IPCC should not be doing what they are doing."
Marlon Duggan, Mark's brother, added: "An innocent brother has been slaughtered for no reason, he wasn't a gangster. We hope we get justice."