Met apologises to Duggan family
The Metropolitan Police has apologised to the family of Mark Duggan, whose shooting triggered last summer's riots, for failing to inform them of his death.
The apology was revealed after the Independent Police Complaints Authority upheld a complaint by the family that neither the Met or the IPCC formally notified them.
Mr Duggan was shot and killed by Metropolitan Police officers on August 4 in Tottenham, north London.
The IPCC is still conducting a separate investigation into the full circumstances of the shooting.
But it also looked into the Duggan family's complaint that they were not formally notified of his death by either the police or the IPCC.
IPCC commissioner Rachel Cerfontyne said: "The investigation is complete and has found that Mr Duggan's parents were not informed of his death by the Metropolitan Police Service, whose responsibility it was, and I have upheld that complaint."
The Met's North Area Commander Mak Chishty said: "We recognise that it was the responsibility of the MPS to keep the family informed immediately following the shooting and up until it was handed over to the IPCC family liaison managers.
"We acknowledge and apologise for the distress caused by not speaking directly to Mark Duggan's parents Pamela Duggan and Bruno Hall.
"I met with the family of Mark Duggan on 2 September 2011, and apologised to them directly on behalf of the MPS for the distress caused by officers not attending personally to inform them of their son's death."