About Azelle

Susan AlexanderIn the loving memory of Azelle Rodney, a son, brother, nephew, boyfriend,  friend and mentor to all those that came across Azelle at one time or another in his life. Azelle has left behind his two brothers, and his beautiful daughter and a loving ocean of family and friends who care deeply for him (May his soul now rest in peace).

He was killed in Edgware by the Metropolitan Police in April 2005 and his baby girl was born one day before his funeral. It has been such a traumatic time for all those involved and Azelle`s family are challenging the justice system and taking their fight to parliament.

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Why the IPCC needs to win over its doubters

IPCC - Independent Police Complaints Commissionsource: BBC News
published: 14 July 2015

When the policeman who had shot dead the suspected armed robber, Azelle Rodney, in north London was cleared of murder earlier this month, an email quickly dropped into my in-box. It was a statement from Susan Alexander, Azelle Rodney’s mother.

She wrote about how her 24-year-old son’s death in April 2005 was “avoidable” and called on the Metropolitan Police to say sorry.

Significantly, she also asked for an “unreserved apology” from the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPPC) for conducting a “wholly inadequate investigation” into the shooting. Continue reading

Azelle Rodney shooting: police marksman cleared of murder

Azelle Rodney's Family
Azelle Rodney’s Family

source: The Guardian
published: 3 July 2015

A former police marksman has been cleared of murdering a suspect he shot six times, a killing that the dead man’s mother said had effectively seen her son subjected to the death penalty.

Anthony Long, 58, was cleared by an Old Bailey jury of the murder of Azelle Rodney, 24, whom he shot on sight – four times in the head – in north London in 2005.

Rodney was the third suspect Long had killed in his career. Long said he fired in self-defence.

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Victim of police shooting “did not deserve to die,” court told

At the UFFC March 2011

source: Barnet Today
published: 29 June 2015

A man who was fatally shot by an undercover firearms officer in Mill Hill did not deserve to die, a court heard.

Azelle Rodney was the back seat passenger in VW Golf which was being followed by police surveillance and four cars containing firearms officers.

The court heard that police had intelligence the three men had weapons were on their way to rob a gang of Columbian drug dealers.

The firearms team performed a “hard stop” just after the Golf had turned off Mill Hill Broadway into Hale Lane in April 2005. Mr Rodney died after firearms officer Anthony Long fired eight rounds towards him.

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