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7/23/2005

Wrong place, wrong time

Shit. From Reuters UK:
British police admit shooting wrong man in bomb hunt

LONDON (Reuters) - Police admitted on Saturday they had shot dead the wrong man in a tragic error as they combed London for four men after attempted bomb attacks on the capital's transport system.

Plainclothes police chased the man onto an underground train on Friday after he ignored warnings to stop, shooting him five times in the head because they feared he was carrying a bomb and was going to detonate it.

"We are now satisfied that he was not connected with the incidents of Thursday 21st July 2005," police said on Saturday.

"For somebody to lose their life in such circumstances is a tragedy and one that the Metropolitan Police Service regrets."

...Muslim groups condemned the killing and expressed shock at the news of the victim's innocence.

"To give license to people to shoot to kill just like that, on the basis of suspicion, is very frightening," Azzam Tamimi of the Muslim Association of Britain told BBC television.

...Human rights activists said police were in an impossible position, with split seconds to take a life or death decision, but insisted on a full and independent inquiry.

...The Independent Police Complaints Commission said it was investigating the killing, as it did all fatal police shootings.
What a fucked-up situation. It's hard to evaluate it further than that or assign any blame until more is known; my immediate response is to agree with the remark about the cops being in an impossible position, and also with the call for an investigation. Something this serious definitely calls for a full examination of what happened.

Of course, if this had happened in the US, there would be ferocious opposition to even investigating the incident.

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