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July 23, 2005

I'm just puzzled over that shooting in the London Tube

This has been just the ODDEST story I've seen in a long time, not the facts of it, what few facts we have, but the gullible reporting.

Even on NPR, an eyewitness says a guy was tackled and down, and THEN shot five times at point blank range.

And the stories just go on. Like that isn't what it sounds like: a murder by police.

Police are supposed to arrest people who are down, cuff them, subdue them, but not stand there and murder the person who has not yet had the benefit of charges and a trial, and to face his or her accusers..

So the story sounds just bizarre, and now it gets even more bizarre. Run from police and you will be shot and killed? Wear an overcoat on a hot day and be killed for not obeying a police order?

Mentally ill people would do such a thing. Should they be shot and killed? An emotionally distraught person might do such a thing, suffering a nervous breakdown, from grief or loss or domestic violence.

For that matter, a common pickpocket in the subway might also do such a thing.

I know the US justice system is perverted and warped with the unconstitutional and unsupportable "patriot act," but I figured the British had their shit together more than this. Bobbies aren't normally armed, for instance.

But the part that just stuns me is the straight-faced reporting of what is obviously a murder by police with no attempt to find an explanation, as if the report given were even the slightest bit credible. As if the articles didn't have even the slightest sense that the reader was coughing "bullshit" repeatedly throughout.

We've landed in bizarro world, that's what it is. It is with NO SURPRISE, then, that I read below the beginning of the unraveling of this absurd event. I expect more to come.

(the only thing I know that's odder than the omissions of the shooting story is the absence of Robert Novak from the stories about the subpoenas of Matthew Cooper and Judith Miller)

Link: BBC NEWS | UK | Shot man not connected to bombing.

Last Updated: Saturday, 23 July, 2005, 21:15 GMT 22:15 UK

Shot man not connected to bombing

Police cordoned off a 200-metre area around the station A man shot dead by police hunting the bombers behind Thursday's London attacks was unconnected to the incidents, police have confirmed.

The man, who died at Stockwell Tube on Friday, has been named by police as Brazilian Jean Charles de Menezes, 27.

[...]

'Tragedy'

Brazilian diplomats in London said they had been told by police the man who was shot dead by police on Friday was a Brazilian.

An earlier Scotland Yard statement read: "We believe we now know the identity of the man shot at Stockwell Underground station by police on Friday 22nd July 2005, although he is still subject to formal identification.

"We are now satisfied that he was not connected with the incidents of Thursday 21st July 2005.

"For somebody to lose their life in such circumstances is a tragedy and one that the Metropolitan Police Service regrets."

Ken Livingstone, Mayor of London, said: "The police acted to do what they believed necessary to protect the lives of the public.

"This tragedy has added another victim to the toll of deaths for which the terrorists bear responsibility."

WHAT THE FLYING FUCK??!!

THE TERRORISTS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR A POLICE MURDER AT POINT BLANK RANGE?

I mean, shit, even if the guy was a terrorist, they'd want to question and torture a real "terrorist" about Al Qaeda and other plots, not sit and fire away five times.

The terrorists killed this innocent Brazilian man? The terrorists forced the police to act like this?

IN WHAT BIZARRE UNIVERSE IS THIS? Next we will hear that wives who disobey their husbands bring on the beatings they get themselves, by their disobedience.

[...]

Police have also raided a house in Streatham Hill, south London, in connection with the failed attacks. The statement confirmed the man had been followed by police from a house in Tulse Hill that was under surveillance.

His death is being investigated by officers from the MPS Directorate of Professional Standards, and will be referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

John O'Connor, former commander of the Met Police, told the BBC the consequences of the shooting were likely to be "quite horrendous".

He said he expected officers to face criminal charges, and other officers could even refuse to carry weapons.

But Shami Chakrabarti, director of human rights group Liberty, said it was too early to judge what the effects would be.

She called for a "prompt, comprehensive and independent investigation".

[...]

The best thing I've heard is that the officers could face criminal charges, but the most heartening thing is if the other officers refuse to carry weapons. I mean, what were they thinking?

A man was shot and killed for walking out of the wrong house.

This is an oddly structured story, at BBC News. It jumps from topic to topic with no notice, blending seemingly unrelated incidents with no demarkation.

The deja vu I get is from the new Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, where authorities turn to scapegoating as a PR tool, to make it look like they're making progress against a seemingly formidable enemy.

Except instead of going Azkaban Prison, Stan Shunpipe got shot in the London subway.

Miasma

July 23, 2005 at 07:31 PM in Best Essays, Current Affairs, Media & Journalism, News to Note, War/Terrorism | Permalink

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