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David Lammy to push for Duggan investigation into Trident

SUPPORT: Tottenham MP David Lammy

TOTTENHAM MP David Lammy has said he will support the family of Mark Duggan in their call for an independent investigation into Operation Trident.

Today (Aug 4), marks four years since the 29-year-old was shot dead by a police marksman in Tottenham, north London.

Duggan’s cab was stopped by 11 specialist fireman officers in 2011 following intelligence he was in possession of a gun.

While no gun was found on him, a handgun in a sock was discovered on grassland about four metres (14ft) from his body.

His death sparked widespread riots around the country and his family have campaigned tirelessly for answers for why the father-of-four was shot when he was not carrying a gun.

They have also strongly refuted reports he was a gangster - a claim that is routinely reported in the media.

In an exclusive interview with The Voice, Lammy said he stood with the family in their quest for justice and would pursue a review of Operation Trident, a specialist met unit set up to investigate gang and gun crime.

“There are parts of the Met that the black community are very concerned about, including the operation of Trident, Lammy said. “The way in which there appears to be no accountability in Trident, it goes to the heart of the Mark Duggan case in my constituency. I want a review of Trident, an independent review of that operation so that people have confidence in it.”

Looking back at the events of 2011, the Labour politician said that while there were criticisms, he was satisfied in how he managed his constituency in the wake of the riots.


INQUEST: Mark Duggan's mother Pam outside the Royal Courts of Justice

“I received praise from across the political divide because I was the right man at the right time in a tough situation.”

Lammy, who is running for London mayor, stood alongside the Duggan Family when an inquest was launched to determine the circumstances that led to Duggan’s death.

The 43-year-old MP said: “There wasn’t even going to be a jury in the inquest. I campaigned to have a jury [and] we got it. They reached a controversial decision but there was jury of Londoners that reached that decision.”

The jury was composed of 10 anonymous jurors who sat through the 12-week hearing and ruled that Duggan had been lawfully killed.

The focus has now been turned to holding Operation Trident to account over its controversial workings and lack of transparency.

Justifying his decision to push for the investigation Lammy said he felt he had to do what was “right and fair by everybody”.

“I’m not saying that it is going to satisfy everyone who is closely attached to Mark, and I totally understand that but in terms of what I can do which I think is right and fair by everybody.”

The full interview with David Lammy can be found in this week’s Voice, out tomorrow (Aug 6).

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