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Mark Duggan's family join custody deaths march

Mark Duggan
Image caption Mark Duggan was shot by police near Tottenham Hale Tube station on 4 August

The family of a man whose shooting sparked the London riots have joined a march to Downing Street to protest against deaths in police custody.

Mark Duggan, 29, was shot in Tottenham, north London, in August. A loaded handgun was found at the scene.

His relatives joined the families of more than 20 people who have died in custody for the annual event.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is investigating Mr Duggan's death.

Among the marchers this year was the family reggae singer Smiley Culture.

The singer, real name David Emmanuel, died from a stab wound while in police custody during a raid at his home in Warlingham, Surrey, on 15 March.

The IPCC said the raid was "not satisfactory" but did not amount to police misconduct.

'Human rights abuses'

Merlin Emmanuel, Smiley Culture's nephew, said: "We have yet to receive the justice we deserve and have been shocked by the contemptuous way we have been treated by the Met and the mainstream media.

"We know we are up against a great Goliath but it is our duty to stand in solidarity... until the spectre of deaths in police custody becomes a bad memory."

A spokesman for the march, organised by the United Families and Friends Campaign, said of the deaths: "These are human rights abuses and must be dealt with accordingly.

"The deaths have not stopped and nor shall we."

An IPCC spokesman said every death in custody was regrettable and thoroughly investigated.

He added that the number of deaths in police custody was falling.

A Home Office spokeswoman said: "Any death in custody or following police operations is a cause for concern and we will work with the police as they strive to reduce them."

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