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July 25, 2005

British police criticized for shooting of suspect

From the Financial Times:

The controversy surrounding the shooting on Friday of Jean Charles de Menezes, a Brazilian electrician living in London, is a serious setback for the capital's police, who are trying to build trust with British Muslims to gain vital intelligence on extremist elements. Last night police made a third arrest in connection with the July 21 attempted suicide bombings.

On Sunday, ministers and senior police officers defended a policy of shooting dead individuals suspected of being suicide bombers, in spite of calls from British Muslim groups, human rights bodies and politicians for a public inquiry.

 In all honesty, I don't think there's nearly as much uproar of shooting dead individuals as there is over shooting living ones.

Be that as it may, there is a point at which a person decides he's been tried and convicted by some random cop, and whether he stops or not, he's going to get shot anyway? It leaves people with a reluctance to obey the police, when they feel they can be killed with impunity just because some British version of Barney Fife thinks their sweater's just a bit too bunched up in one place.

And isn't the kind of distrust and fear this will generate, pretty much the goal of the terrorists, in the first place? Seems to me if I were a terrorist and wanting to really shake that country up. I'd send in a willing “martyr” to carry no weapons, but act just suspicious enough to get himself killed, therefore making the people, especially the Moslems, fear their own police.

Coverage: Michelle Malkin, Captain's Quarters, WizBang (also here), Jawa Report, PoliBlog

Posted by Danny Carlton at July 25, 2005 08:56 AM

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