Black information Link:

home campaigns act now policy & research press releases links subscribe contact us

black information link The 1990 Trust, human rights for race equality
The 1990 Trust's independent community website for black communities

SECTIONS
America at war
Armed Forces
Arts&Culture
Black Elders
Black Workers
Broadband
Business
Campaigns
Children
Civil Liberties
Disability
Education
Environment
Events
Government
Health
Human Rights
IT
Immigration
International
Ireland
Jobs
Legal
Links
Linux
Northern Ireland
Police
Politics
Reparations
Reports
Rural racism
Scotland
Spiritual
Sports
Stephen Lawrence
The 1990 Trust
WCAR
Wales
Women
Youth

Azelle Rodney family demonstrate

by Lester Holloway
13/12/2005

FAMILY AND FRIENDS of Azelle Rodney, who was shot five times in the head by a police marksman, demonstrated outside the offices of the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) today.

Azelle Rodney
Azelle Rodney: family and friends want justice.

Susan Alexander, Azelle's mother, wants the armed policeman suspended until an investigation has concluded.

Metropolitan Police commissioner Sir Ian Blair refuses to act against the SO19 officer.

The IPCC has drafted a report into the fatal shooting on 30th April which IPCC deputy chair John Wadham is due to consider before deciding whether to refer the case to the Crown Prosecution Service.

24-year-old Mr Rodney is believed not to have been holding any weapon as he was ordered out of a silver Volkswagen Golf car by armed cops in Hale Lane, Edgware, in north London.

An officer shot Mr Rodney seven times, including five times to his head, which was said to be almost totally destroyed. The cop has since been on paid leave.

insult

Mr Rodney had just celebrated his 24th birthday and was looking forward to the birth of his baby. His case is now being backed by the campaign group Inquest.

Susan Alexander with a picture of her dead son Azelle
Susan Alexander with a picture of her dead son Azelle

If Mr Rodney did not appear to present a genuine threat to officers the Crown Prosecution Service should consider manslaughter charges, campaigners believe.

The dead mans family are angry at false media reports in the immediate aftermath of the shooting claiming Mr Rodney had been holding a firearm.

Comparisons have been drawn with the fatal shooting of Brazilian Jean Charles de Menezes in Stockwell underground station, south London, on 22nd July.

Ms Alexander said: “We have asked for the officer to be suspended, however in a previous meeting with the IPCC, it was said that the likelihood of this happen is not very great.

“It’s taken seven months. I haven’t been able to greave or anything. It's unbelievable! We don’t know who this officer is. It is an insult and simply is not good enough.”

Helen Shaw, co-Director of Inquest, said: “There have been 17 fatal police shootings since 2000. Inquest urges that the death of Azelle Rodney should be thoroughly and impartially investigated to ensure that his family obtains the justice they deserve.”

Armed officers 'hard-stopped' the car containing Mr Rodney in what was described as a pre-planned operation. No shots were fired at police during the incident.

The two other occupants, Wesley Lovell, 26 and Frank Graham, 23, were arrested and are each facing four charges of carrying guns and ammunition.

An inquest into Azelle Rodney’s death was opened on 5 May 2005 and adjourned, pending the outcome of the criminal investigation by the IPCC.

GB

3



Send to a friend
Send to a friend
print document
Print document
Search

Campaigns
Shiblu Rahman
Anti Racism
Cases
Ravinder Johal
Global Debt
Nadeem Ahmed
Jason and Errol McGowan
Baby Sunaina
Mal Hussein
Mumia Abu-Jamal
Jevan Richardson
Satpal Ram
Shaun Rodney
Carl Grant
Ben Iweajunwa
Duman
Donovan Jackson
Najeib brothers
Ahmadi family
Gurkhas
Aziz Ahmed
Bakkari Adoui
Delroy Lindo
Ricky Reel
Marcia Lawes
Woodside
Ay family
Roger Sylvester
Hackney Anti-Racist Three
David Bennett
Awais Alam
Mickel Smickle
LBC
Silcott
Mario O’Brien Clarke
Romany Community
Mikey Powell
Joan Shurland
Free Babar Ahmad
Farouq Kamara
Christopher Alder
St Agnes Place
Anthony Walker
Azelle Rodney
Jean Charles de Menezes
Zahid Mubarek

Related Stories

Azelle Rodney family demonstrate Cop aimed shots at mans head

Links:

CampaignON.com

Free Babar Ahmed

Free Babar Ahmad

IRR News

Campaign against Racism and Fascism

Stand Together, Stand United

Stop cops shoot to kill policy Jean Charles de Menezes

sign petition here

UNITE TO PROTECT OUR RIGHTS: sign the statement against the erosion of civil liberties and human rights by new anti-terrorism proposals

A Black Manifesto Ligali

Published by The 1990 Trust

This website is subject to a disclaimer: Please read


Black Information Link. All rights reserved.

Suite 12 Winchester House 
9 Cranmer Road
London SW9 6EJ
Tel: 020  7582 1990
Fax: 020 7793 8269
Email: blink1990@blink.org.uk

top of pagetop of page

powered by Linux