This is a little late, but I wasn’t really around earlier, so what the hell — it’s not like the issue’s lost its importance during the weekend.
So, they shot a scared man five times in the head and neck for running away from non-uniformed policemen. They said he was one of the bad guys. Then they said that he actually wasn’t, awfully sorry about that, but the next one whose brains they air out probably will be, since they’re going to stick with this headshot policy of theirs.
A proud day for freedom.
I realize that when you’re dealing with shitbags who run around with explosives, it’s a staggeringly difficult and dangerous job, and said shitbags must take much of the responsibility for the climate they create with their actions. Absolutely. But when you pin an innocent man down and shoot him five times in the head because he’s a little too scared and a little too eager to run away from armed men and not quite white enough, it’s pretty hard to blame it on somebody else. It’s even harder to pretend that the terrorists aren’t really all that effective and that they haven’t accomplished anything when the citizens are afraid of not only terrorism, but the very people who’re supposed to protect them from it.
Update: Did I say five times? I’m sorry; it was eight times, of course.
In what sounds like a bizarre thing to say, apparently Tony Blair stated that it’s all right for Britain to express its “sorrow and deep sympathy” to Mr. Menezes’ family. Well, that’s mighty big of you, Mr. Prime Minister; I’m sure everyone’s thankful for your very kind permission.
He also said that the police must be supported in doing their job. What, they’re in need of support now? Again, I realize that it’s a hard job to do, particularly under these extremely taxing and scary circumstances, and I would think most people definitely support the police in doing their job… but just the same, I don’t think shooting innocent people in the head is the job, and any claims that this outcome was unavoidable or that the death of Jean Charles de Menezes, 27 years old, is in any way justifiable, are preposterous.
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