No charges over Harry Stanley killing

The Scotsman has a good article on the decision yesterday not to prosecute the policemen who shot Harry Stanley in 1999.

Deborah Coles, co-director of the family support group Inquest, said the "abhorrent" decision to clear the marksmen would undermine public confidence in the police.

She said that the officers’ accounts of the events surrounding the shooting were "not accepted by two inquest juries, inquests at which these officers were legally represented. They should be properly held to account for their actions". (Scotsman)

The Police Federation complained yesterday that the proceedings have dragged on for six years. It should be pointed out that this would have been significantly shorter if the Coroner at the original inquest had allowed the jury to consider a verdict of unlawful killing.



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