Azelle’s family wants overhaul of ‘trigger happy’ police

December 20, 2012 in Breaking News, Custody Deaths & Abuse by Zinzi Eka-Naphtali

Azelle Rodney's mother Susan with a relativeoriginally by: The Independent  
published: 18 November 2012

The mother of a suspected gangster shot dead by a police marksman has called for an overhaul of Scotland Yard’s firearms operations at the conclusion of an inquiry into her son’s violent death seven years ago.

Susan Alexander said unanswered questions remained about the operation that left Azelle Rodney dead after being hit by six bullets when his car was intercepted by police trying to stop an armed confrontation with a set of Colombian drug dealers.

The officer who fired the shots, named only as E7, yesterday expressed his “great regret” for the death of the 24-year-old but said that he believed that he had no other option but to open fire to protect the lives of his colleagues, according to a statement.

E7 has given evidence to the inquiry that he fired off eight bullets because he believed Mr Rodney, a backseat passenger was stretching down into a foot well to grab an automatic weapon which had the capability of firing more than 1,000 rounds a minute.

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Hillsborough inquest verdicts quashed by High Court

December 20, 2012 in Breaking News by Zinzi Eka-Naphtali

Hillsborough Tragedyoriginally by: BBC News  
published: 19 December 2012

The High Court has quashed the original inquest verdicts returned on 96 Liverpool football fans who died in the 1989 Hillsborough disaster. The Lord Chief Justice Lord Judge ordered fresh inquests following an application by the Attorney General.

Trevor Hicks of the Hillsborough Family Support Group said it was “a huge step for the families”.

The home secretary has also announced a new police inquiry into the disaster. Theresa May said the new inquiry would re-examine what happened in April 1989.

New medical evidence was used as a basis for the new inquests application. Dominic Grieve made his request to the High Court three months after a new report established 41 of those who died might have been saved.

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