A peaceful vigil will be held in the city tomorrow to protest at the “perverse and unbelievable” verdict of lawful killing over the death of Mark Duggan.

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Norwich will be joining other cities across the country and activists from Norfolk People’s Assembly and We Are Norwich will be at the Haymarket in the city centre for the vigil starting at 3pm and finishing outside Bethel Police Station with candles at 6pm.

The vigils are being led by members of the Duggan family who are holding theirs outside Tottenham police station, in North London, on the same day.

The family said they want to share a moment with the community to show the rest of England how they feel about the “perverse” verdict.

11 comments

  • Why are people bothering. He was a violent, confrontational criminal with a terrible record.

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    samphirelover

    Friday, January 10, 2014

  • A natural reaction from the family, but, on the face of the evidence, it would appear to be a reasonable verdict. Seemingly Tottenham has a different set of rules to the rest of the country.

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    Muggas Budal

    Friday, January 10, 2014

  • It wasn't a verdict by a PCC or a Police Authority. It was a coroner who should be outside of political party control (so shouldn't be swayed by a required verdict). It was a coroner's jury, so ten people (selected randomly from the electoral register) who heard all the evidence from both sides of argument. They were 8-2 on the police acting lawfully.

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    So_Many_Haters!

    Friday, January 10, 2014

  • 9 out of 10 members of the jury believed on the evidence they heard that Duggan was indeed armed and threw his weapon out of the car window as the police approached . If you play with fire..

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Friday, January 10, 2014

  • Who is going to be supporting this??? Not me or anyone that I know. He was a known, violent gang member, what about his victims?

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    Crazy

    Friday, January 10, 2014

  • This whole thing has been through the courts , a fully independent jury has arrived at a well reasoned verdict of lawful killing. Are these marginal groups going to hold 'vigils' every time they disagree with the result of a court case?

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    Tudor Bushe

    Friday, January 10, 2014

  • Perverse? What planet are they on? He was a thug and had a list of convictions as long as my arm. As the saying goes 'live by the sword & die by the sword'. He got what he deserved. Good riddance to bad rubbish. Why would anyone want to take part in a vigil for a scumbag?!!!

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    Stevie1977

    Friday, January 10, 2014

  • Crazy - we have to be careful because, although he was arrested on a number of occasions and associated with people who carried weapons, Mark Duggan was never charged with any firearms offences or convicted of any violence. The people he was in company with on numerous occasions, however, were. Plus, he was suspected in several shootings, but the police didn't have enough evidence to charge him. Under English law, you're innocent until proven guilty. Also, put the shooting into context. In 2010 to 2012 there were 12,721 incidents in London where armed police were deployed. They only fired on four occasions. However, 50 Londoners were shot by criminals in the same period. I think that shows that in the vast majority of cases, the police seek peaceful means to end a situation. They're not out to execute anyone or with free-fire orders. These statistics would tend to support the police in that they only fire when they truly believe that lives are in peril. Not having been witnesses to the event, we cannot be sure exactly what occurred, but a jury - one of the central pillars in English justice - decided that the police were justified.

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    So_Many_Haters!

    Friday, January 10, 2014

  • "A number of Norwich residents will be..." sounds like a more accurate opening to the introductory sentence.

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    G_of_Norwich

    Friday, January 10, 2014

  • Many of these people also seem to forget that the police officers are people with families. At the end of the day they are protecting their families safety as well as ours. If someone is armed then they pose a risk to the public, if this was in the US, the police would be expected to carry guns and shoot. This wouldn't even be a story. I don't see how protesting by burning properties, stealing etc makes it right? The family asked for no violence, too late, damage has already been done.

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    Piranha24

    Friday, January 10, 2014

  • I don't think it perverse and unreasonable for the police to shoot an armed man who they know to be a member of a violent gang.

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    Jack1956

    Friday, January 10, 2014

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