source: Voice Online
published: 18 October 2013
The police officer who shot a 24-year-old man six times has been refused the right to appeal a ruling that found there was “no lawful justification” for his actions.
The officer, known only as E7, shot Azelle Rodney as he sat in the back seat of a car, which had been under surveillance for several hours before it was stopped in Edgware, north London in 2005.
E7 told the inquiry he feared the occupants were armed with a sub-machine gun capable of firing more than 1,000 rounds per minute. It was believed the group were on their way to rob a Colombian drugs gang. He alleged that he had seen Rodney moving around and hunching down.
The incident was independently investigated by Sir Christopher Holland who concluded: “There was no lawful justification for shooting Azelle Rodney so as to kill him.
“E7’s accounts of what he saw are not to be accepted,” he said. He added: “Prior to firing he did not believe that the man who turned out to be Azelle Rodney had picked up a gun and was about to use it. Further, on the basis of what he was able to see, he could not rationally have believed that.”
E7 applied for a judicial review of Holland’s findings, which was refused by Mr Justice Wyn Williams. Justice Williams said he had “no doubt” there was “ample evidence to justify the finding” the officer did not have an honest belief that Mr Rodney had picked up the gun.”