Brixton Riots Death Caused By Police Failures

The death of a mother whose shooting sparked the 1985 Brixton riots was partly caused by police failures, a jury has ruled.

Dorothy Groce, known as Cherry, died from kidney failure in 2011 – 26 years after the shooting. She was 63.

The mother of eight was wounded and paralysed during a planned armed raid by police officers at her home in south London who were looking her son Michael Groce.

The shooting sparked two days of unrest in Brixton during which shops were looted and petrol bombs thrown.

Jurors at Southwark Crown Court found police failed to properly communicate and adequately check who was living at the address before they stormed the residence.

Metropolitan Police Inspector Douglas Lovelockstood trial in 1987 for the shooting of Mrs Groce, who spent nearly three decades in a wheelchair.

He was charged with inflicting unlawful and malicious grievous bodily harm and was acquitted.

The officer, who admitted being responsible for the wound, told the inquest he had apprehensions about going on the job.

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