Initially the police pretended that Mark Duggan had shot at officers before they killed him, but ballistics tests have proven that the police claim was a total fabrication. Michael Mansfield QC, acting for dead man's family, has said that "from the beginning there has been misinformation (and) a lack of information" from the IPCC, and now the IPCC have finally admitted making a "mistake" (lying) by pretending that Mark Duggan shot at the police officers who killed him.
At the North London Coroner's Court, Michael Mansfield questioned IPCC chief investigator Colin Sparrow, who admitted the IPCC "mistake" and admitted that there were no fingerprints or DNA linking Mark Duggan to the gun police said was fired by him. The gun had in fact been found on the other side of a fence, 4 meters away from the scene, and witnesses said it was the police who threw the gun over the fence. The IPCC admitted however that the two bullets found at the scene were fired from the same Heckler & Koch MP5 submachine gun (sometimes euphemistically referred to as a "carbine") used by the Metropolitan Police CO19 firearms unit (who are reviled, even by fellow police officers, as "The Ego Squad").
Mark Duggan's family requested that an independent pathologist carry out tests on the dead man's body, but this was not allowed, the pathologist's interim report was withheld from them, and the family were not told about the trajectory of the fatal bullet. So, when Mark Duggan's supporters marched to Tottenham Police Station on August 6 to demand answers, they were kept waiting for hours, before the police attacked the demonstration, seriously assaulting a 16 year old woman and deliberately starting the violence that led to nationwide riots.
On 15 Nov 2011 a post was added to the Police Inspector Blog (aka Inspector Gadget) asking the public to support a campaign organised by Police Sergeant Nigel Tompsett. In that post Inspector Gadget stated that the police "do not claim to be superior to any other person", and while few police have the courage to express such opinions openly, they certainly THINK they're superior to everyone, because the police believe they can kill anyone they fucking like and think they're totally above the law.
A particularly grotesque aspect of Mark Duggan's murder is that police shot Mark Duggan with hollow-point "dum-dum" fragmentation bullets, as used by far-right serial killer Anders Breivik, which splinter inside the victim's body to maximise the probability of a slow and agonising death. The use of fragmentation bullets is considered so despicable and inhumane they're banned from use in warfare by Declaration III of the The Hague Convention, with soldiers who use dum-dum bullets being tried as WAR CRIMINALS... but they're standard issue for the Metropolitan Police.
By way of an insight into the minds of senior police officers in the UK now, when The Hague Convention passed the ban on fragmentation bullets in 1899, the British delegation argued against the ban by pointing out how useful dum-dum bullets had been in putting-down colonial unrest.