Wednesday, October 17, 2007

The Nature of Policing.

The moment I heard that the British police had shot a suspected terrorist dead on the Underground on July 21 2005, I instinctively knew they had killed an innocent man. In my reasoning the likelihood of the police actually catching a terrorist in the act is somewhere on the unlikely side of improbable. However, in the world of armed policing such fantasies are considered reality.

The misinformation (lies is probably a better word) that followed in the next few days, such as the claims that De Menezies was wearing a winter coat, jumped over the ticket barrier and had an empty expression on his face (apparently a sign of terrorist intent), showed the police's disregard for truth and evidence.

While the police officers who shot De Menezes seven times in the head got away with it, the Metropolitan Police itself still faces a charge of failing to provide for the health, safety and welfare of Jean Charles de Menezes under sections 3(1) and 33(1)(a) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.

In defending this charge the police produced a composite picture of De Menezes and Osman Hussain, the suspect they now claim to have been searching for. This picture, which in my opinion only shows how different De Menezes and Hussain look, turns out to have been manipulated by the police.

Seems to me the police just can help themselves when it comes to killing, lying and manipulating.


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