Man shot dead in Tottenham by police

How we going to work this out?

Woman hold her head and cry,
‘Cause her son had been shot down in the street and died
From a stray  police bullet.

Woman hold her head and cry;
Explaining to her was a passerby
Who saw the woman cry (cry)
Wondering how can she work it out,
Now she knows that the wages of sin is death, yeah!
Gift of Jah is life. (life)
She cried: Ah-um, I – I know!
“Johnny was a good man,” I – I know! (never did a thing wrong)
“Johnny was a good, good, good, good, good, good, good, good,
good, good, good man”, (Johnny was good man)
she cried – she crie-ie-ie-ie-ie-ie-ie-ied!

Locals have named the dead man as 29 year-old   Mark Duggan, a  father of 3 girls and a boy who they describe as a “good daddy”. They also say he was an alright fella, liked by a lot of people in the community.

I say he may have been an alright fella, but what was he doing with a gun?

It’s early days, we don’t know the circumstances as yet, but early reports indicated it could have been a raid and I see ‘police sources’ whoever they may be, are telling reporters that he was a “well-known gangster” in Tottenham and had been under surveillance by officers investigating gun crimes.

I recall another incident in 1985 in Tottenham, when a black woman, 49-year-old Cynthia Jarret, died during a police search of her property. The day before, her son Floyd Jarret had been arrested after police stopped the car he was in,  that had what they alleged to be ‘a suspicious tax disc’.

They showed up at his mother’s home where a disturbance arose leading his mother, Cynthia to fall and die instantly.

What followed was a day of rioting on the Broadwater Farm Estate. The day started off started off as a protest outside Tottenham police station. A police officer, PC Keith Blakelock  lost his life while being almost decapitated and scores of civilians and police officers were injured.

It was a totally different climate then. Rampant racism within the Met Police and hostility and distrust of police in the Black community.

Yesterdays incident has been forwarded to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

We don’t want a repeat of Broadwater in 2011.

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