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IPCC: Duggan Police Refuse To Co-Operate Fully
The head of the national police watchdog has said it "looks odd" that officers involved in the shooting of Mark Duggan are not fully co-operating with its inquiries.
Independent Police Complaints Commission chairwoman Dame Anne Owers told Sky News the officers in question will not give face-to-face interviews to investigators.
It came as the watchdog announced it would issue new guidance that prevents officers from conferring before giving statements about fatal shootings.
Dame Anne told Sky News she was unhappy about the refusal of officers to answer questions in person on Mark Duggan's death, which sparked nationwide riots in August 2011.
"It certainly looks odd to the public, and indeed to us, that officers who have been at an incident won't fully co-operate with the inquiries that we are instituting when we're trying to get to the truth," she said.
"We are pursuing some significant lines of enquiry.
"If that means that we want to interview any of the police officers involved then we have the power to require them to come for interview, but at the moment police officers are coming for those interviews and, in some cases, saying that they won't answer questions in interview, but they will provide written answers to questions.
"We want officers to to co-operate fully and that means answering questions at interview, so we can probe the answers to those questions and test them against the other evidence."
A spokeswoman for IPCC said police forces would be obliged to "have regard" to its new guidance on conferring once it is signed off by the Home Secretary.
"It's our view that officers should be separated in death cases before they give their accounts," she said.
Controversy has surrounded conferring among officers following a number of cases, including the death of Brazilian electrician Jean Charles de Menezes in 2005.
President of the Association of Chief Police Officers Sir Hugh Orde told Sky News that police officers needed protection from "malicious complaints" from criminals.
"Let's be very clear also, police officers have rights too," he said.
"Police officers answer to the law. That's the basic underlying principle of British policing.
"On many occasions police officers are subject to very malicious, dangerous complaints from very malicious and dangerous criminals, as part of their defence tactic, and they have a right to protection too.
"In the routine, officers do engage with the IPCC day in and day out, it's the way we are held to account."
Mark Duggan's family have spoken of their anger after an inquest jury returned a verdict of lawful killing, despite it also concluding he was unarmed when he was shot dead.