The family of an unarmed guy who was fatally shot by law enforcement have vowed to continue on their fight for answers right after the formal watchdog dropped its investigation into the procedure.



a man sitting on a couch: Photograph: IPCC/PA


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Anthony Grainger, 36, was shot through the upper body as he sat in a auto in the village of Culcheth, Cheshire, by an armed police officer known as “Q9” in March 2012.

Detectives thought Grainger and two others had been planning to hold up a grocery store and had accessibility to firearms on the evening of 3 March 2012.

On the other hand, no weapons were identified in the purple Audi and a general public inquiry uncovered Better Manchester police (GMP) completely to blame for his demise owing to severe flaws in its procedure.

Grainger’s loved ones have expressed their “great disappointment” following the Unbiased Business for Law enforcement Perform (IOPC) ended its investigation into the senior officers who led the procedure due to a failure to get “sensitive” content.

Previous assistant chief constable Terry Sweeney, previous superintendent Mark Granby and a former chief inspector, all now retired from the force, were being becoming investigated for gross misconduct relating to their command and regulate of the operation.



a man sitting on a couch: Anthony Grainger was shot by a Greater Manchester police firearms officer in Culcheth, Cheshire, in 2012.


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Anthony Grainger was shot by a Greater Manchester police firearms officer in Culcheth, Cheshire, in 2012.

But an IOPC spokesman stated its investigation experienced been discontinued simply because “some of the materials which may be suitable to the choices to be designed at the conclusion of any investigation, and to present suitable disclosure to the officers, could not be disclosed”.

The Grainger family reported the investigation experienced been “doomed from the outset” because the IOPC had not been granted obtain to the essential substance. The family members mentioned that when this product remained mystery no just one could be fully investigated for the “failings and catastrophic errors” that led to the 36-year-old’s death.

They included: “It has been still left solely for the spouse and children to pursue this and our lawful group will be difficult the validity of this undisclosed materials in the higher court future month.

“We are now 9 many years on and our lawful struggle carries on to get accountability and solutions from GMP as to their failings.”

Gross misconduct allegations against Steve Heywood, a former assistant chief constable, ended up dismissed in June.

The IOPC said it had also dropped an investigation into a serving officer for failing to inform his superiors that two of the officers included in the operation experienced failed a counter-terrorist specialist firearms officer schooling system.

A 3rd investigation wanting at the force’s acquisition of a CS dispersal canister, not authorized by the Home Workplace, which was employed during the procedure is ongoing, the spokesman claimed.