Police shoot "suspected" suicide bomber in Stockwell

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ffaker
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Jul 28 2005 12:01

Link to more info on the vigil, plus a flyer:

http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2005/07/319820.html

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Jul 28 2005 12:07
asa wrote:

Even by the stated terms of their own policy, the shooting should have been subject to direct intelligence. There are real questions to be answered here. Like who did they think this man was and what reason did they have for thinking he was a potential bomber? "Running away from plain clothes police" and "being a darkie with a big coat" are not good enough reasons to justify assassination by the state.

Not to be paranoid but I can see the threat of suicide bombers being used as an excuse for racial profiling, the kind of which was rampant in the USA after 9/11. Generally I think the British public haven't been as reactionary as the Americans were [but then they lost 3,000 and the rescue operation went on for days] however I have actually talked to people who believe it's sensible to view every "Arab male" as a suspect in order to protect everyone else. Despite half of these guys being African, for one thing [and i think all of them British citizens].

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Jul 28 2005 12:11
asa wrote:
"Running away from plain clothes police" and "being a darkie with a big coat" are not good enough reasons to justify assassination by the state.

Indeed. And neither is "living in the same block of flats as a suspected terrorist". And it seems the guy wasn't even "a darkie with a big coat" anyway.

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Jul 28 2005 12:28
Garner wrote:
Indeed. And neither is "living in the same block of flats as a suspected terrorist". And it seems the guy wasn't even "a darkie with a big coat" anyway.

Agreed.

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Aug 1 2005 22:13

Yip, light denim jacket and used travel card to access tube after being followed on a bus of all things. No witnesses report a 'police challenge'. So where does that leave us?

Police protecting us, shoot to kill ok?

Garner
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Aug 2 2005 11:33

I'm beginning to think they did it just to set an example and to test the waters. What's really frightening is that the public reaction seems to have been largely positive.

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Aug 2 2005 16:54

I couldn't help notice the huge number of firearm policemen/women on the streets of London last Thursday. Watching the news on T.V. late evening it was then that I recognise one of them, then it dawn on me, coppers with the very basic fire arm training are being armed with submachine guns. Hence the article in (London version) of The Metro about coppers walking around with his finger on the trigger..

If only the public knew!

I got talking to someone who know a bit about guns, he tells me that they (coppers) have been instructed only to fire single shots and not set the gun to to semi-automatic mode. And to ensure that they comply, each copper (the not the SO19 types) has been given the 15 bullet magazine rather than the 30 rounds. If you set that on auto your rounds will disappear pretty swiftly in a few seconds.

eek

Sleep well kids

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Aug 2 2005 17:11

As if I have been getting any since they shot Jean Charles. grin