Unsurprisingly, the media focused on Hutchinson-Foster's conviction for supplying the gun to Duggan. Publicity over the trial has helped to implant firmly in the public's mind that Duggan was armed and dangerous when shot in Tottenham, north London, by Metropolitan police officers.Well, yes. Because he was. That’s a bit of a problem for your campaign, isn't it? Not one that big booklet of stock phrases will help with, either.
Hmmm. How to turn it around…?
But some important facts have escaped scrutiny. For we now know that Peter Osadebay, Hutchinson-Foster's pistol-whipping victim, immediately informed Hackney police after he had been assaulted. His allegation was supported by CCTV footage, which clearly shows Hutchinson-Foster with a firearm intimidating and then assaulting Osadebay.Yes. And..?
So it is now clear that the police had a golden opportunity to remove an identified gunman and a firearm off of the streets but somehow managed not to do so.Oh. Right. I see. Well, that’s one fallback position to take, I suppose…
And this is all the more shocking because the police have a special unit, Trident, established specifically to deal with gun crime in the black community. Given that Hutchinson-Foster was a black man brandishing a gun in broad daylight in Hackney, a Trident "hotspot" borough with a long history of gun and gang activity, it's remarkable if Osadebay's assault claim was not followed up.I get the feeling it’s not such an uncommon occurrence in that area, though.
And are you really suggesting that the police should have avoided the charges of 'harassment of black men' by, umm, harassing black men some more?
If local officers had followed up and arrested Hutchinson-Foster, the gun might never have reached Mark Duggan, if indeed it did; he would still be alive today; and Tottenham, London, and cities across the country would not have exploded in flames that summer.Masterful! It’s clearly all the fault of the police after all!
During the trial and retrial of Hutchinson-Foster we heard much about Mark Duggan yet there was nothing to suggest that the police could have avoided the entire incident.I see nothing in your article to suggest that Duggan could have avoided it, either.
Lame, CiF. Very, very lame.