The public inquiry into the fatal shooting by Metropolitan police of Azelle Rodney in April 2005 is concluding. The inquiry was held instead of an inquest because of concerns about sensitive evidence that could not be disclosed to a coroner or the family and their legal team. It opened in September, amid huge scepticism about whether it would be able to both establish the truth and hold those responsible to account. The chairman of the inquiry, Sir Christopher Holland, delivers his final report next year; but what has emerged in the three months of evidence should alarm us all.
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