Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Police Asked for 'Total Recall' over Shooting

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Police Asked for 'Total Recall' over Shooting

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THE investigation into the shooting of Derek Bennett will concentrate on whether the police sergeant who fired the deadly shots used excessive force.

As relatives of Mr Bennett described him as a man who had everything to live for, it has emerged that the two officers who challenged the former Lambeth council traffic attendant will have provided a "second by second" account of everything they remember and exactly what was going through their minds.

The armed response officers have written detailed notes which will be given to investigators. It is only after all the evidence has been gathered that the officers will then be formally interviewed.

Northumbria Police hope to resolve the matter in as little as two months.

Duncan Gear, a member of the Police Complaints Authority (PCA), said of the investigation: "It will focus on each shot fired at each stage of the events - that's going to be critical. I will ensure that a thorough and impartial investigation is carried out into this tragic incident."

The assessment of leading firearms expert, Superintendent Steve Bolan from Northumbria, will be crucial to determine whether the officer can justify the six shots he fired. Scotland Yard and the PCA are appealing for a potentially crucial third eyewitness to come forward."

A police source said today: "The officers are bearing up quite well under the circumstances. They are obviously anxious about the situation but are as well as can be expected. A man has died and it is not a nice experience."

Meanwhile, relatives of Mr Bennett, who lived in Stockwell, have revealed their intention to challenge the Met's actions. They have engaged Imran Khan, the lawyer who represented Neville and Doreen Lawrence in their case against the Met.

Today Dalton Bennett, uncle of the victim, said his nephew was a popular father-of-four with everything to live for. He said: "I saw him on Saturday.

He was here the whole evening with the rest of my sons. Me and him were sitting here talking. Then by Monday he's dead."

Mr Bennett, who is from Stock-well, said that he believed officers should be armed but they should have the experience of knowing when and where to shoot targets. …

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