On Friday, a jury at Manchester Crown Court cleared three men of plotting a robbery last March when armed police swooped on their car parked up in Culcheth. The three men accused were David Totton, Joseph Travers and, bizarrely, Anthony Grainger, the Salford man shot dead by police during the incident.
"They indicted my son which I thought was wrong, he's dead, he can't defend himself" said his mother Marina Schofield who was handing out Justice4Grainger leaflets on Salford Precinct yesterday together with many campaigners.
"He wasn't doing anything wrong, it was proved yesterday in court" she added "I just want this police officer charged, so with this coming yesterday I think they should charge him now. My son was murdered on 3rd March 2012. We're just down here to get people to sign petitions and we've got campaigners here handing the leaflets out."
Campaigner, Wesley Ahmed, underlined the point… "The case was run on conspiracy to commit a robbery and there was no evidence at all" he said They've tried to pull the wool over the jury's eyes but the jury has seen straight through it. It was a unanimous decision…all `not guilty'.
"The trial should never have gone ahead because the police have shoved the two witnesses who saw the police kill Anthony Grainger into the dock" he added "It was fixed to get a conviction against the boys who were with Anthony, to justify why he was shot dead, why he was killed, why he was brutally murdered."
The `not guilty' verdicts came as media coverage was reaching fever pitch about the killing of two police women in Hyde and the possible future arming of all police officers.
"Our condolences go out to the families of the two police women who got shot dead" explained Wesley "But the problem we've got is that when the police commit an atrocity, like murdering somebody like Anthony Grainger or Mark Duggan, there's never been one conviction. So we're trying to change it so the law stands for everybody."
The Independent Police Complaints Commission is currently investigating Anthony Grainger's death and will soon present its findings to the Crown Prosecution Service which will decide whether to prosecute the police officer concerned.
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