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

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Officer who shot man six times loses battle for appeal

Families draw strength from eachother
Azelle Rodney family unite with other affected families

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. Continue reading

Azelle Rodney death: ‘No justification’ for police shooting

Azelle Rodney Police Stopsource: BBC News
published: 5 July 2013

Police had no lawful justification for shooting dead a man in London eight years ago, a public inquiry has found. Azelle Rodney, 24, was shot six times in Edgware after the car he was in was stopped by Met Police officers in 2005.

An officer known as E7, who said he opened fire because he believed Mr Rodney had picked up a gun, could now face criminal charges. Mr Rodney’s mother, Susan Alexander, has demanded an apology from the Met for his “execution”. Continue reading