Body Cameras coming to all armed officers
Armed officers to wear body cameras to improve public confidence following Mark Duggan killing
Thursday 9 Jan 2014
Armed police will wear body cameras in a bid to end speculation about their actions during controversial incidents, Scotland Yard has revealed.
Senior officers hope the technology will avoid ‘opinions and conjecture’ that played out in the wake of Mark Duggan’s shooting.
They say footage caught on mobile phones in the aftermath of Drummer Lee Rigby’s death shows how armed police react professionally to incidents.
Asst Comm Mark Rowley of the Met Police said the cameras will ‘create a greater transparency around firearms operations’ and help to restore public trust in armed officers.
Met Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe is set to meet with community leaders in north London to find ways of improving ‘confidence’ in the force.
Yesterday a jury voted, with a majority of eight to two, that Mr Duggan was lawfully killed by police.
They also accepted that he had thrown away his gun before officers shot him.
His family reacted with fury at London’s High Court, claiming the police had got away with ‘executing’ him.
Mr Duggan, 29, was shot dead by police during an incident in Tottenham, north London, in August 2011 sparking localised riots which then expanded to the rest of the capital and around the country.