Tottenham MP David Lammy has said that Britain’s Independent police complaints comission (IPCC) made ‘serious errors’ when dealing with the murder of Mark Duggan.
Lammy’s comments come after the police watchdog apologised for their lack of supoport to the 29-year-old’s family after he was shot by police on August 4.
The MP also called for ‘significant reforms’ to be made in the IPCC.
He said: “There were serious errors of judgement by both the IPCC and the Metropolitan police in the days following Mark Duggan’s death.”
He continued: “It is any family’s worst nightmare to get a knock on the door telling them that their son or daughter has died. Mark Duggan’s parents weren’t even afforded that courtesy.”
“The IPCC have suffered from a significant credibility gap in Tottenham. They have accepted that they made mistakes – very serious mistakes, given the riots that followed. Now we need to see some significant reforms of the IPCC to make sure this never happens again,” he added.
Mark’s death in his Tottenham hometown acted as a catalyst for the riots that broke out in London and cities across Britain.
In a statement by IPCC Commissioner, Rachel Cerfontyne, said: “What is clear from this case is that a grieving family, suffering from shock, felt badly treated by the police and the IPCC.”
She added: “The MPS has apologised to the family for the way in which Mr Duggan’s parents became aware of his death and I have told them how sorry I am that the IPCC did not provide more support, nor visit them the day after Mr Duggan’s death.”