Whatever might the following mean?
“The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is to independently investigate the steps undertaken by Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) officers in relation to an investigation of an alleged assault, involving a firearm, in late July 2011.
As a result of the MPS investigation, an individual has been charged with offences relating to the firearm and alleged assault.
The MPS voluntarily referred the matter to the IPCC after tests suggested the non-police issue firearm recovered from the scene of the fatal shooting of Mark Duggan on 4 August 2011 could have been the one used in the earlier alleged assault.
IPCC Commissioner, Sarah Green, said:
“Our investigation will consider whether all investigative lines were promptly identified and acted upon by officers from the Metropolitan Police Service and to what extent, if any, the conduct of this investigation may have impacted on the supply of the firearm found at the scene of the shooting of Mark Duggan.
“We have informed Mr Duggan’s family of the situation today and IPCC family liaison managers continue to be on hand to support Mr Duggan’s family while investigations continue.
“As an individual has now been charged with offences in relation to that police investigation, we cannot provide any further information at this time.”
The MPS referred the matter to the IPCC on Monday 14 November 2011 and an assessment has been concluded resulting in the decision to undertake an independent investigation”
I thought the IPCC was investigating the Duggan shooting – obviously so badly that the Met have had to refer a relevant matter to them? Surely one would expect this to simply be a matter uncovered by the IPCC investigators? It happened before the Duggan killing – who didn’t tell them straight away. It’s time for some sackings now, but who can say not cooperating with the IPCC is wrong after Blair denied them access at Stockwell?.
There are any number of possibilities on the non-police weapon, from Duggan carrying it about after it has been used in another criminal incident (dumb but done) to it having been planted at the scene of the Duggan killing. What I detest and can see no reason for is the manner in which this kind of information is released. Our notions of sub judice are long past sell by date and in need of review. The IPCC or police can’t flout them as they stand, but the ground itself is dangerous. Just as Duggan’s killing led to the march that led to the riots, this could too. One hopes not.
It is now more than three months since the Duggan killing – one that almost killed a police officer from assumed friendly fire too. One appreciates matters do not proceed at all like CSI (which is crass nonsense) – yet we do not seem to have any means to properly investigate in an appropriately open manner, reported in a way we can trust. This is in part the British disease of secrecy and across the world a problem with enquiries into potential police wrongdoing and incompetence.
What’s at issue in matters like this is less the probable fantasy that Mark Duggan was gunned down and a ‘Saturday night special’ left to confuse any evidence trail, but the general problems we have with fair ways of getting truth out and for us to be able to trust in fair investigation.
We have had enquiries into Iraq and yet another one is yet to conclude. This is years on and I have never understood why we went in to Iraq or Afghanistan and don’t meet anyone else who does either, As someone who teaches economics in universities I don’t have a full understanding of what I think is looting by rich people, though I’d say I do know enough to say the economics presented by politicians and media is based on a quasi-religious farce that is a cover-story for the looting.
One might say that we should be able to rely on court reporting and the various inquiries and should just have patience. This barely fits with history in any depth, other than that written by victors etc. I suspect the real problem is we can demand nothing from democracy. We now demand those arrested tell their story against not being believed in the future (oversimplification) – yet allow those in authority to delay and deylay until “enquiries” are complete – a point often ever deferred with enquiries in secret and conducted by people with interests and bias we are expected to take as ‘objective’.
There are better and faster ways. We need to establish and build them into a working constitution. That we can’t wake up and smell the coffee over matters from nearly four months elapsing with us no further enlightened on the death of one person and the near death of a police officer, are waiting until January over a Border Agency farce and have so little conception as a populace on how reasonable equality went so badly wrong in the hands of paid-for politicians and banksters – or have so much coverage of a soccer player calling someone black and so little about vulture funds stealing millions from poor people who live in the Congo (also black) through banks in Jersey – all strike me as to do with a justice system that is intentionally inaccessible, expensive and slow. I suspect the reasons for wanting to restrict what can be said to courtrooms and equivalents are a problem for democracy.
It seems we can’t trust the public, when acting as jurors, with information such as Tabak looking at the pornography of strangling women the night before he put his hands round Jo Yates’ neck – yet could expect them to exclude ‘Duggan the hood’ reporting on deliberation of his killing and the near killing of a police officer by another police officer. My sense of it is we need something less archaic in place on what can and should be in public scrutiny. There is no scientific evidence I know of to suggest judges’ instructions and the system of evidence in courtrooms makes anyone more objective – rather the opposite. We still allow eyewitness evidence and credibility, knowing both are highly likely to be wrong. Where is the independent assessment of IPCC reports?
The legitimisation crisis continues. I have no idea whether the officer who shot Mark Duggan and nearly killed his fellow officer is culpable of anything. I’m happy for courts to decide. I’m not comfortable with, have all these been traced an investigation that has taken so long to decide where charges lie and seems to have missed relevant material or had this hidden from it. Given the non-police issue weapon found being previously subject to likely police seizure from criminal activity or amnesty, have all these been traced? Was this basic enquiry done at all given the way this chestnut seems to have been passed on? We could be told about this and should be. The rest needs social and legal changes, including to the IPCC remit – but is essentially about the secrecy we have made habitual.
If Mark Duggan has survived and was subject to criminal charges, one line of enquiry essential to his defence would be the discovery of similar weapons handed-in to police that cannot be reliably traced to destruction, or worse, the actual weapon turning up in police hands and supposedly destroyed. One would expect a paper trail. Has this been done? It would seem not on the basis of the IPCC having to be informed about this other matter.