Riots kicking off around London
Tottenham MP David Lammy says it is “important our community remains calm” after a man was shot dead during an operation by police. A friend of Mark Duggan told Channel 4 News there may be unrest.
Officers from Operation Trident – the unit dedicated to dealing with gun crime in the black community – stopped a mini-cab in Ferry Lane on Thursday to carry out the arrest on 29-year-old Mark Duggan.
Two shots were fired by a Specialist Firearms Command Officer (CO19) and an illegal firearm was recovered from inside the car.
Mark Duggan died from gunshot wounds at the scene, and an officer was taken to hospital as a precautionary measure. Investigators recovered a police radio with a bullet lodged in it, suggesting the officer had narrowly avoided being killed.
The police watchdog, the Independent Police Complaint Commission, is investigating and has appealed for witnesses.
John Blake, who says he grew up with Mr Duggan on the nearby Broadwater Farm Estate, toldChannel 4 News the incident has created tension on the estate – the scene of riots in 1985 that led to the death of PC Keith Henry Blakelock.