by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World
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Riots in London began at a Saturday vigil being held after the mysterious death of 29-year-old Mark Duggan, a black man. The death is still a mystery because although we know Duggan died from a gunshot wound, authorities are withholding information concerning the source of the gunfire. Riots including both blacks and whites literally burned on for four days. Now, there is a moment of calm. CNN World reports:
“After a fourth consecutive night of violence that convulsed much of London and spread elsewhere in Britain, the scene before dawn Wednesday was largely calm, a tentative calm enforced by thousands of police….Metropolitan Police and Duggan’s family have appealed for calm.”
David Cameron, the British Prime Minister, not only promised to do what he could to quench the rioting but took active measures to do so. He called for additional police presence which translated into approximately 16,000 officers on the streets Tuesday night. Cameron says, “People should be in no doubt that we will do everything necessary to restore order to Britain’s streets and make them safe for the law-abiding.”
In the meantime, Duggan’s autopsy results have been released. The Independent Police Complaints Commission reports, “A post-mortem examination concluded that Mr. Duggan was killed by a single gunshot wound to the chest. He also received a second gunshot wound to his right bicep.” CNN World points out that the IPCC did not bother “saying who fired the bullets nor why police had stopped the cab.”
Ayvaunn Penn is the founder of Your Black Poets and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. To inquire about her freelance editing services, click here. To like Ayvaunn on Facebook, click here.