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Mark Duggan film to be shown tonight

MARK DUGGAN FILM: Paulette Hall, Mark’s sister, seen here in a poster for the film

A SHORT documentary about the life of Mark Duggan is to be shown at a festival tonight (September 14).

Mark Duggan: Untold will be aired at the Portobello Road Film Festival, which is being held at the Portobello Pop Up Cinema, Acklam Road in west London.

In the film, Duggan’s sister Paulette Hall will reflect on the death of her brother, who was allegedly shot and killed by a Metropolitan Police marksman in Tottenham, north London on August 4, 2011.

Hall will also look at subsequent events and some of the history behind Broadwater Farm, the estate where they grew up.

Hall has also previously said the film aims to look at the Mark she knew. In an exclusive interview with The Voice in June this year, Hall, 37, called for officers to tell the truth about what happened.

“We want justice. We want them to come clean and tell us what happened,” she said.

Anger over Duggan’s death - and the police’s reported mishandling of a peaceful protest by family members and supporters demanding answers – sparked unrest in his Tottenham hometown.


Riots, which occurred between August 6 and 9 last year, later spread across London and other towns and cities in England.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), which has been criticised over its investigation into Duggan’s death, is expected to hand a coroner a report this autumn.

Last year, the IPCC initially told the media that the 29-year-old father of four had shot at officers. They were forced to later apologise when it was revealed that Duggan had not fired at officers.

It was also criticised after reports that officers declined to be interviewed by IPCC investigators, instead giving written statements. The Met Police Commissioner Bernard Hogan- Howe said earlier this year, the IPCC would be allowed to have personal interviews with officers.

On August 3, the first anniversary of Duggan’s death, his mother Pam said in a statement: “We still have no answers about why my son died. Thirty-one police officers surrounded Mark and he was shot twice. Why? I won’t give up until I get justice for Mark.”

In a riots anniversary comment piece for The Voice, campaigner Claudia Webbe said that more transparency from the police was needed.

She wrote: “…From the initial failure of the police to notify the parents of his death, to the miscommunication thereafter, the awarding of anonymity to the police officers involved and a flawed IPCC investigation one might conclude that the parents and/or the community of Haringey have no hope of transparency, fairness or justice.”

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