INQUEST COMMENT ON THE MARK SAUNDERS INQUEST VERDICT

8 October 2010

Following the verdict of lawful killing returned at the inquest which concluded on Thursday 7 October 2010 into the fatal police shooting of Mark Saunders, Deborah Coles, co-director of INQUEST, said:

29 people have been shot dead by police since 2000. Many of these cases have raised concerns about planning and control of operations, communication and negotiation failures, and the treatment of vulnerable people and yet there has been a failure to instigate changes to policies and practices. Where the police use lethal force there must be accountable learning and the significant public scrutiny afforded this case must result in an urgent review of police training and policies in order to safeguard lives in the future.

More information on statistics of Police shootings in England & Wales.

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