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Friday, 20 July, 2001, 11:24 GMT 12:24 UK
Protest over police shooting
Police in Brixton
Derek Bennett had a replica gun cigarette lighter
A demonstration is to take place outside Brixton Police station to demand justice for Derek Bennett who was shot dead by police.

Officers fired six shots at Mr Bennett as they thought he was brandishing a weapon which, it emerged, was a gun-shaped cigarette lighter.

Alex Owolade from the Movement for Justice, which is one of several groups taking part in Friday evening's protest, told BBC London Live that as far as he was concerned the shooting was murder.

He said: "We are not going to accept a cover-up. We're not waiting for a so-called inquiry by the police."


The police have no authority to police our community and we are going to deal with it

Alex Owolade
The group is calling for an independent inquiry into the incident, which happened on 16 July.

A Police Complaints Authority inquiry is under way and on Thursday an inquest into the death was opened and adjourned.

Campaigners want to put pressure on the police to ensure that the officers involved in the shooting remain suspended and are brought to justice.

Mr Owolade said: "The police have no authority to police our community and we are going to deal with it.

"It means any time an officer stops a person in our community people will not walk on by, they will stop and challenge them."

Mr Owolade said that people would be coming onto the streets daily to "protest and mobilise the community".

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