There has been another fatal shooting by the Metropolitan Police today. It is said that the officer involved was also involved in the Stockwell shooting. Stockwell, lest we forget, is the name of the tube station where a completely innocent man, Jean Charles de Menezes, was shot half a dozen or more times in the head, at point-blank range. No one has been held to account for this outrage.
This recent shooting was apparently in response to an armed robbery. Police spokesmen are saying it was a ‘kill or be killed’ situation. But let us recall the lies and distortions issued by these same “spokes-people” in the wake of the killing at Stockwell. Jean Charles was “running” from Police, he was wearing “bulky clothing”, all the rest of the misinformation put out in the immedate aftermath of Stockwell. One thing the Police are very good at, is covering their own asses. No doubt we will hear more in coming days and weeks.
According to BBC Radio 4, the Metropolitan Police have only been involved in three fatal shootings in the last few years, and this one officer has been involved in two of them. Bad luck? Bad training? Bad judgement? Bad intention? All of the above?
It seems this officer only returned to duty in July, after a long lay-off and inquiry following the Stockwell incident. Some “security consultant” on Radio 4 expressed surprise that the officer in question would want to return to duty after such an ordeal. I share his surprise. Surprise he wanted back, and amazement he was allowed.
This officer took part in the brutal murder of Jean Charles de Menezes. And then he returned to work. Maybe he thinks he can get away with it…..? Certainly, he will be aware, like the rest of us, that his political bosses have been getting away with murder, for years, in Iraq.