Four days of rioting by mobs of youths have left parts of London looking like a war zone. Rioters have smashed and looted shops, and set fire to buildings and cars. Copycat riots have spread to Birmingham and Liverpool. People have lost their homes or their livelihoods.
The fate of a single individual, Mark Duggan, began the chain of events. Confronting him in the belief that he was armed, police fired first and killed him. Whether Duggan really was armed, and whether he would have shot at the police, is under investigation. Not informed properly about what had happened, the Duggan family started a peaceful protest.
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