Jury clears London police in killing of Mark Duggan

By Michelle Kapusta ,

A jury has deemed the killing of Mark Duggan, whose death sparked riots in England in 2011, lawful by a majority of 8 to 2.

According to the Associated Press, the majority found that police acted lawfully when they shot Duggan through the chest.

The 29-year-old was shot by armed officers more than two years ago in Tottenham, London, BBC News notes.

He was not armed when he shot, but police maintain that he had a weapon, which he discarded prior to their encounter. A handgun was found close by.

After Duggan was shot, riots sparked throughout the London area. His family has always believed he was executed.

BBC reported that after the verdict was read one man shouted, "A black life ain't worth nothing."

Outside the Royal Courts of Justice, the victim’s aunt, Carole Duggan said, “No justice, no peace!” That was reminiscent of the chant heard after a Florida jury found George Zimmerman not guilty in the 2012 shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin last summer.

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