Protesters call to replace IPCC

May 3, 2012 in Breaking News, Reform & Corruption by Zinzi Eka-Naphtali

Pic courtesy - by Stephen Gent

originally by: BBC News
published: 2 May 2012

Protesters have called for the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) to be replaced with a new body. They demonstrated outside the central London office of the IPCC, which they claim is dominated by former police officers.

Campaign4Justice claims the IPCC failed to deal with their cases fairly. The IPCC accepted “the current system does not always meet the needs of the public”.

Commons Home Affairs Committee chairman Keith Vaz has said they will hold an inquiry into the powers and future of the police watchdog.

Campaigners say a third of the watchdog’s investigators are former police officers, and therefore “there is no independence in it”.

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Mark Duggan death: Met officers refuse IPCC interviews

May 3, 2012 in Custody Deaths & Abuse by Zinzi Eka-Naphtali

originally by: The Guardian
published: 26 April 2012

The police marksman who shot Mark Duggan dead and 30 other officers are refusing to be interviewed by the official investigation into the incident which triggered the summer riots across England.

Duggan was shot dead by a Scotland Yard marksman on 4 August 2011 in Tottenham, north London. The shooting triggered some of the worst riots in modern British history, which began inthe London borough in response to the treatment of the Duggan family.

The investigation into Duggan’s death is being carried out by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC). Met officers involved in the incident and the immediate aftermath have given the IPCC written statements.

In January, the IPCC asked to interview the police officers, who have refused. Controversy and confusion surround the circumstances of the shooting.

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