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Article 2 Claim Arising Out of Police Shooting Successfully Defended: Joseph and others v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis




Judgment has today been handed down by the Central London County Court following a seven day trial in claims brought by relatives of Mr Dean Joseph, who was shot dead by an authorised firearms officer of the Metropolitan Police in the early hours of September 5th 2014 in Islington. 

Mr Joseph was, at the time, holding his former partner at knifepoint, having earlier broken into her basement flat and assaulted her.  The Judge accepted the account of police officers that the incident had escalated in the minute or two prior to the firing of shots, and that Mr Joseph moved the knife to the victim’s throat, pressing her into a corner.  He found that the officer firing shots honestly believed that Mr Joseph was about to kill her. 

The Judge also rejected allegations relating to the planning and execution of the police operation as either unfounded or having no causative relevance.  He further rejected a complaint that the Post Incident Management process was mismanaged and that the family’s right to an effective investigation under Article 2 had thereby been impaired. 

Paul Stagg and Nicola Atkins of 1 Chancery Lane represented the Commissioner, on instructions from the Directorate of Legal Services.

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