Steven Waldorf

Scotland Yard apologises for shooting 'victim of mistaken identity'

The Guardian, January 17 1983
with Stephen Cook

Scotland Yard last night formally apologised for an incident in Kensington, London, On Friday night when armed officers shot an innocent man, apparently as he tried to crawl out of his car to escape from them.

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Firearms - a dangerous weapon in the hands of police

The Guardian, January 17 1983
with Stephen Cook

Armed police in France have so often shot and killed the wrong people that Parisians have coined a new slang word to describe the incidents. They call them 'bavures' - literally, gobs of spit, the equivalent of getting egg on your face in English.
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Three officers face charges over shooting

The Guardian, January 18 1983
with Stephen Cook and Colin Brown

The three Scotland Yard officers who were suspended after Friday night's shooting incident in Kensington face the possibility of being charged this week.
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Two detectives are charged

The Guardian, January 19 1983
with Ian Black

Two Metropolitan police officers will appear at Horseferry Road magistrates court this morning on charges connected with last Friday's shooting of Stephen Waldorf in Kensington.
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Police charge woman who witnessed mistaken shooting

The Guardian, January 25 1983

Sue Stephens, the woman who was with Steven Waldorf when he was shot by police in London ten days ago, was charged last night with dishonestly handling a pistol, holsters and electronic security devices for the benefit of David Martin, the wanted man for whom Mr Waldorf was mistaken.

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David Martin arrested in Tube tunnel

The Guardian, January 29 1983
with Paul Keel

David Martin, the man hunted by armed police since he escaped from a London court cell on Christmas Eve, was arrested after a chase along an Underground railway tunnel last night.
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Senior officer says detective broke firearms rules

The Guardian, October 14 1983

The police commanding officer whose men are accused of attempting to murder Steven Waldorf told the Old Bailey yesterday that his instructions had been disobeyed and that standing orders on the use of firearms had been ignored when Mr Waldorf was shot.
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Police radios recorded build-up to shooting of Steven Waldorf

The Guardian, October 14 1983

The jury in the trial of two policemen accused of shooting Steven Waldorf yesterday heard snatches of the police radio exchanges recorded as detectives closed in on the yellow Mini which they believed might contain the man they were hunting, David Martin.
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Detectives told investigators they feared for their lives

The Guardian, October 15 1983

An Old Bailey jury heard yesterday that the two detectives who shot Steven Waldorf told senior officers after the incident that they had been convinced that they were shooting at an armed and dangerous man, David Martin, and that, although they had seen no gun in his hand, they had been in real fear for their lives.
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Judge drops one charge of attempting to murder Waldorf

The Guardian, October 18 1983

An Old Bailey judge yesterday dismissed the charge of attempted murder against Detective Constable Peter Finch, one of the two officers brought to trial as a result of the shooting of Steven Waldorf in a traffic jam in central London in January.
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Detectives tell court they did no wrong in shooting Waldorf

The Guardian, October 18 1983

The two London detectives who shot Steven Waldorf went into the witness box at the Old Bailey yesterday and told the jury that they believed they had done nothing wrong.
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Police threaten a 'gun strike' as Waldorf detectives are acquitted

The Guardian, October 20 1983

The acquittal of the two London detectives charged after the shooting of Steven Waldorf provoked a threat last night of a 'gun strike' from the Police Federation and a statement by a senior Scotland Yard officer that there was no guarantee that innocent people would not be shot by police.
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If police use guns, inevitably they will shoot the wrong people

The Guardian, October 20 1983

The shooting of Steven Waldorf was not the freak event that it seemed at first to be. It was rather the most brutal and obvious example of a well-established but little recognised trend for officers of the Crown to pick up guns and misfire them.
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The night that a police fantasy nearly killed an innocent man

The Guardian, October 20 1983

The simplest and most telling epitaph for the shooting of Steven Waldorf was produced by Detective Constable Peter Finch in the witness box at the Old Bailey on Monday. "I believed I was doing the right thing at the right time," he said.
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Yard agrees to pay Waldorf compensation as row continues

The Guardian, October 21 1983

Scotland Yard yesterday confirmed that it was prepared to make a substantial payment in an out-of-court settlement with Steven Waldorf, who was wrongly shot and critically injured by the police in January.
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