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London’s Burning: How It All Started

You may have heard that London and other parts of the U.K. are ablaze with civil unrest.  You may not have heard how it all started.

On Saturday in London, police shot and killed a  man in Tottenham, a poor area of London often referred to as a hotspot for organized crime.  The man’s name was  Mark Duggan.   As a result, there has been rioting, looting and arson.   Three days of civil unrest in London has now spread to other cities around that country.

Mark Duggan was a 29-year old engaged father of 3.  Mark also happened to be black, and news media in the US has left out the racial motivation behind the riots.  His relatives claim he was not the kind of man to get into a conflict with police, but police tell a different story.  They say he was involved with gangs and under surveillance.   After he was killed, a group from his neighborhood including family members and local civic leaders marched to the local police station.

According to Al-Jazeera:

“They said that the Independent Police Complaints Commission was not communicating with them and had not told Duggan’s relatives of his death, leaving them to discover the news when they saw his photograph on television.”

The rage over the killing of Mark Duggan, which many believe was sparked by racism on behalf of the police, is what spurred the current riots, which have spiraled out of control and been condemned by Duggan’s family and friends.

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