Sunday, December 18

Armed Met think they're above the law




Editor's weekend comment
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Following an investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) the two armed Metropolitan Police Officers who shot and killed Brazilian electrician Jean Charles de Menezes are likely, we understand, to be charged with murder.
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The Director of Public Prosecutions Ken MacDonald QC will make the decision early next month.
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Amazingly London's specialist armed Police are threatening to lay down their arms in protest. If they do so that would be an arrogant act of disregrard for the process of law, which as Police officers they are sworn to uphold.
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If there is evidence to charge individual officers with murder their co-workers can not expect to be the judge and jury. In this country there is a time honoured legal system which despite the arrogance, occasional corruptness, blatant disregard for the rules, and often amazing incompetence of the British Police, has served the people well.
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The logic of the Police federations position is that serious wrong doing must not be addressed.
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Sir Ian Blair seeks a debate on modern Policing. He will be best advised to commence that debate in his own (armed) ranks urgently.
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I am convinced that the regard the Police will be held in should, as the Daily Mail reports : ''Gun Police strike'', will sink to an irretrievable all time low and their once well-earned respect will turn to contempt.
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Officers of the Metropolitian Police service (especially its highly trained armed officers ) are not above the law, nor must they be treated any differently to other members of the public, we do not live in a Police state. A 'strike' by the afore-mentioned officers defies logic and sound judgement, which in view of the ferocity of the weapons they have at their disposal is deeply worrying.
PT
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Uniformed armed Police on duty in London.
Police Federation chiefs belive that the two non-uniformed officers who fired on the 27-year old electrician were merely ''following instructions from above'' and should not be charged.

2 comments:

Kelly said...

I am very sorry indeed that this incident has occurred but I know that these police officers did not wake up on that morning and think to themselves that they wanted to see if they could kill someone that day. I don't think that under the circumstances that it can be concluded that they committed murder or even be charged with that. I don't know the laws or what you can be charged with in the UK, but I would think that maybe manslaughter. These individuals were doing their jobs to the best of their ability at a time when it was imperative to act quickly. Under the stresses they work under, I would not want to make the choice of should we take a chance and let this one go or bring him down and maybe prevent another bombing? I know that since I have sons near this young man's age I would want someone to pay for their deaths if that happened to them. At the same time, if someone holding a gun tells me to drop, BABY, I DROP! I might get a chance later to run but a bullet moves faster than I can run or have ever been able to run!

Peter Troy said...

There is now no dispute over the fact that Jean Charles de Menezes was not challanged by the specialist armed poice that followed him. Neither did he in any way run from the police officer nor did he 'jump the ticket barrier' nor was he wearing a thick coat on a warm day, as the Police statements following his killing stated.

Quite correctly the actions of the head of London's Police the arrogant Sir Ian Blair, in the days following the death are being investigated by The Independent Police Complaints Commision.

The result of the IPPC investigation will be published early in January. If the British public allow a reduction in the standards of our public and civil servants, politicians and police and media as a result of gorrilla warfair in the UK; then the terrorists have won.

PT