Today, Friday, 3 July, a jury at the Old Bailey has found Tony Long, a former Metropolitan Police Service firearms officer, not guilty of the murder of Azelle Rodney, on 30 April 2005.
Assistant Commissioner Patricia Gallan, in charge of Specialist Crime and Operations, said: “Police officers are not exempt from the law, and would not wish to be.
However, standing trial for murder will have been a very stressful and difficult time for Tony Long, a police officer for over 30 years.
The impact that this will have had upon him, and his family, should not be underestimated.
“This must also have been a difficult time for Mr Rodney’s family.
The MPS regrets Mr Rodney’s death, and we express our full sympathy to his family.
“No police officer sets out to take part in an operation that results in taking someone’s life.
“The MPS asks, and indeed expects, our...
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