Such incidents always attract a lot of media attention, which often only adds to the trauma for families, as even if eye-witness accounts cannot be verified as being wholly accurate, the circumstances leading up to the shooting will be widely reported.
This can leave the deceased’s relatives angry, frustrated and confused, and often in the weeks and months after the incident, little information is forthcoming from the police and any other involved agencies as investigations are launched.
It is also imperative that serious questions are asked as to whether there was any way the individual’s death could have been avoided, and how and why events unfolded as they did, ending in the loss of life.
The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) will investigate the police’s actions in the matter and draw its own conclusions as to whether the force involved acted appropriately, or whether there were areas of failings or possible misconduct.
An inquest will also always be held by a coroner to ensure a full and transparent investigation has taken place, and to ensure all involved have been held to account for taking decisions which ultimately led to the fatality.
Under such difficult circumstances, families will often be left with a lot of unanswered questions about what happened in the time immediately before the fatal shot was fired.
Our specialist Inquest Solicitors can help by helping families gain a better understanding of their loved one’s last moments, and in ensuring all aspects of the tragic event are fully questioned and investigated.
Even in the most testing of circumstances, the police have a duty to protect an individual’s ‘right to life’ under the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR).
This is not to say that a decision to shoot, leading to loss of life, is always wrong. However, when something does goes wrong, serious questions need to be asked.
With fatal police shootings, it’s important to establish whether or not there was a perceived danger from the deceased (to the public and police) and how realistic that danger was.
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“Perhaps most importantly of all, they will look for this process to identify whether anything could and should have been done differently which would have prevented Lewis’ life from being taken.”
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