Mark Duggan shooting: Brother asks for Tottenham witnesses

More witnesses must come forward to clarify what happened to a man killed by Scotland Yard officers in north London, the victim's brother has said.

Mark Duggan, 29, was shot in Tottenham on 4 August and a local protest over his death triggered four nights of rioting, which spread across England.

Shaun Hall said he was "not confident at all" the police watchdog would establish what had happened.

Too few people had offered information and that "has to change", Mr Hall said.

The family were initially led to believe the father-of-four "was in a shootout" but were then told "that wasn't the case", he added.

"That's something traumatising to hear in itself," he told BBC London.

"That your brother, your son, your dad, your cousin is that person who's involved in a shootout with the police."

'Put picture together'

Mr Duggan's family have complained they were not given enough information by the Metropolitan Police (Met) and the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), which is investigating the shooting.

Early reports that Mr Duggan shot at police were dismissed by ballistic tests, which found a bullet which lodged itself in one officer's radio was police issue.

"If the initial stages of this incident are anything to go by, I've got no trust in them whatsoever", Mr Hall said of the IPCC.

Image caption Mark Duggan died after being shot in Tottenham but the circumstances of the killing remain unclear

"My brother was wrongfully taken from us. What we need is for people to come forward and tell it like they saw it, basically.

"We need them to come and say what they actually saw. If they've got certain video footage on their phone, we need to see that.

"We need to put this picture together properly because, at the end of the day, I think I speak for the whole family when we say that's not happening."

He also said Mr Duggan's son "was asked by a tabloid reporter if he was part of his dad's same gang".

"My 10-year-old nephew as part of a gang? This is just absolutely absurd," Mr Hall added.

The IPCC is also reviewing a community reference group set up to try to engage with local people after the shooting. This move has concerned Mr Duggan's family, BBC London's special correspondent Kurt Barling said.

The IPCC said it had no plans to disband the group, but a spokesman said it would reflect on the "purpose and scope of the group".

The spokesman added: "The IPCC remains committed to wider community engagement in this case, and will be developing a comprehensive community engagement strategy to best inform and support the IPCC's investigation into the death of Mark Duggan."

Mr Duggan's funeral will be held on Friday.

Meanwhile a report in The Times suggesting a firearms officer suspended after Mr Duggan's shooting was due to return to work was wrong, the Met said.

He would not be reinstated while the IPCC inquiry remained "active", it added.

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