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Mark Duggan inquest begins today

INQUEST: Mark Duggan was shot by police in August 2011

THE INQUEST into the death of Mark Duggan who was shot dead by police officers in 2011 goes ahead today in London.

The 29-year-old was fatally shot by officers in north London on August 4, 2011 – his death is widely seen as a prime factor that sparked the riots that summer.

Armed officers stopped a taxi Duggan was travelling in through Tottenham before police opened fire.

The inquest, held at the Royal Courts of Justice and expected to last eight weeks, aims to determine the circumstances that led to the shooting.

Duggan’s mother Pam has said the police, and authorities have told her family “"nothing but lies, misinformation, and delay” since her son’s death.

She said: “We hope that the truth will finally come out for the sake of all his family, not least his young children.”

Charity INQUEST, which helps families of people killed by police, has been assisting the Duggan family in legal matters in the build-up to the “long overdue” inquest.

The group’s co-director Deborah Coles said: “Where citizens are killed by the state there must be a robust and fearless inquiry to ascertain whether the use of lethal force was lawful and necessary.”

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