11 Jan 2014

Duggan family: we are not gangsters

Mark Duggan’s relatives insist they are not a “gangster family” as they hold a peaceful vigil outside Tottenham police station.

Carole Duggan

Several hundred people gathered outside the building in north London to protest after an inquest jury decided that the 29-year-old was lawfully killed by police.

Mr Duggan’s death at the hands of a Metropolitan Police marksman sparked riots across the country in 2011.

Despite warnings from the Metropolitan Police of potential disorder at the vigil, it passed off without trouble.

Mr Duggan’s mother Pamela, his aunt Carole and brother Marlon were joined by crowds carrying placards which read: “Justice for Mark Duggan”.

They held a minute’s silence before chanting “No justice, no peace” and “Who are the murderers? Police are the murderers”.

Media ‘campaign’

Carole Duggan told protesters the media was to blame for portraying her nephew as a gangster.

She said: “The more we people come together and support each other, maybe we can make a better life for our children, for all of those children who have to live in these communities that are over-policed, where they are not free.

“They don’t have the same freedom as other children in other parts of the country and that’s not fair.

“What we have got to remember – Mark isn’t here and we are doing this for his children.

“So let’s show the country that we are not this gangster family that the media has been systematically portraying us as.

“Mark was not a gangster, the media sustained a campaign against him. We’re just an ordinary family.”

Mr Duggan’s aunt also called for a new Independent Police Complaints Commission investigation into his death.

Protesters booed local Labour MP David Lammy for not attending. Earlier in the day, Mr Lammy had warned anyone intending to cause trouble to stay away.

As the protest came to an end, 20 white doves symbolising peace were released.