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Inquiry closes into 2005 cop killing of Azelle Rodney

Published Mon 31 Dec 2012
Issue No. 2334

The public inquiry into the police killing of Azelle Rodney has heard all its evidence and is expected to report its findings this month.

Azelle was killed after a firearms officer opened fire at point blank range in April 2005 in north London. Armed police forced the car Azelle was travelling in to stop.

The inquiry heard how the officer known as E7 began firing at Azelle less than a second after the car came to a halt. He fired eight rounds in Azelle’s direction—six of them made contact.

E7 claimed throughout his evidence that he believed Azelle was reaching forward to retrieve a gun. Evidence has shown that Azelle was not holding a gun at the time of the stop.

Solicitors acting for Azelle’s family have said that Azelle was given no opportunity to surrender to police. Azelle’s mother, Suzanne Alexander, has called for an overhaul of firearms operations and for an unlawful killing verdict from the public inquiry.


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Mon 31 Dec 2012, 16:31 GMT
Issue No. 2334
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