motions

National Motion

JUSTICE FOR MARK DUGGAN CAMPAIGN: MODEL MOTION

This branch /org agrees to support the Mark Duggan Justice Campaign.

Mark Duggan, a young black man who lived in Tottenham and was a dad of six was shot and killed by police on 4 August 2011.

The jury in an Inquest into Mark’s death delivered a verdict that Mark was not unlawfully killed even though they concluded that he was not holding a gun when he was shot dead by armed police.

Since 1990 some 1,484 people have died in police custody or following police contact (source: inquest.org.uk). Yet not one police officer has been convicted. In Tottenham the family and friends of Cynthia Jarrett, Joy Gardner and Roger Sylvester and now Mark Duggan still have no justice.

Mark and his family have been demonised by sections of the media with misinformation and lies spread about the case. Mark’s criminal record was very minor – two fines on his record yet the media refer to him as a violent gangster and one of the 48 most dangerous criminals in Europe.  In the days following Mark being killed information emerged in the media that there was a shoot-out and that a bullet was fired at police which was not true.

    We believe that:

The verdict in the Inquest into Mark Duggan’s killing was influenced by the racist way in which Mark’s character was tarnished by the police and media.

the decision to find it lawful for the police to shoot an unarmed person has put all young people and in particular young black men at risk

the decision to grant Mark’s family a judicial review of the verdict is a welcome step forward.

    We agree to:

send  a message of solidarity to the family of Mark Duggan at this very difficult time

to sign the Mark Duggan Justice Campaign statement/ petition

to support the family in their continuing fight for justice for Mark

to make a donation to the campaign of £xx

to invite a speaker from the campaign to a branch / union meeting / agm

to raise concerns about the Inquest verdict and deaths at the hands of the state with members of Parliament

to give solidarity and support to the United Family and Friends Campaign which holds an annual memorial march on 27th October.

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Mark Duggan solidarity motion passed at CONEL UCU

This motion was passed unanimously at a UCU branch meeting at CONEL College in Tottenham, 15 January 2014. You can download it as a PDF or as a Microsoft Word document.

Branch notes

  • That the jury at the inquest into the killing of Mark Duggan concluded that he had not been holding a gun when he was shot dead by armed police
  • That despite this the killing was found ‘lawful’
  • That even though Mark’s criminal record was minor, with two fines on his record, the media continually referred to Mark as a violent gangster and ‘one of the 48 most dangerous criminals in Europe’
  • That the police and the IPCC actively collaborated with the media to spread lies and disinformation in the days after Mark’s killing – e.g. that there was a ‘shoot-out’ in which an officer had been ‘saved’ when a bullet lodged in his radio (the bullet was actually from a police gun)
  • That Mark Duggan is the latest in a series of black men and women from Tottenham who have died at the hands of the police since 1985 – Cynthia Jarrett, Joy Gardner, Roger Sylvester, now Mark – and for whose deaths no police officer has faced criminal charges
  • That in stark contrast, many young people in our community faced draconian prison sentences for minor crimes committed in the heat of the riots following Mark’s death

Branch believes

  • That the verdict was influenced by the racist way in which Mark’s character was tarnished by the police and media
  • That the decision to find it lawful for the police to shoot an unarmed person has put all young black people in our college and beyond at risk
  • That everyone in our community, irrespective of race, age and background, should be entitled to walk the streets without fear

Branch agrees

  • To send our condolences and solidarity to the family of Mark Duggan at this very difficult time
  • To support the family in their continuing fight for justice for Mark
  • To inform David Lammy MP and the local press about the branch’s concern

Carried unanimously