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

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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Met police officer fired eight shots at close range, court told

Azelle Rodney - Police 'Hard Stop' 2005
Azelle Rodney – Police ‘Hard Stop’ 2005

source: The Guardian
published: 10 June 2015

A Metropolitan police firearms officer murdered a suspect by firing a rapid volley of eight shots from close range, including two that struck the man in the top of his head, a jury has heard.

Former Metropolitan police marksman Anthony Long, 58, is on trial for the murder of Azelle Rodney in 2005, which he denies. A jury at the Old Bailey in central London heard on Wednesday that Long, now retired from the force, had no lawful reason to open fire.

Long shot dead Rodney, 24, in April 2005 when he was a passenger in a car that police were following, believing its three occupants were planning an armed robbery. Continue reading