Saturday, July 23, 2005

Man shot by London Police "not connected" to bombings...

Well this is pretty shocking.

The important quotes:

A man shot dead by police hunting the bombers behind Thursday's London attacks was unconnected to the incidents, police have confirmed.

The man was killed in Stockwell Tube station in an incident described by Scotland Yard as a "tragedy"...

A Scotland Yard statement read: "We believe we now know the identity of the man shot at Stockwell Underground station by police on Friday 22nd July 2005, although he is still subject to formal identification.

"We are now satisfied that he was not connected with the incidents of Thursday 21st July 2005.
"For somebody to lose their life in such circumstances is a tragedy
and one that the Metropolitan Police Service regrets."...

John O'Connor, former commander of the Met Police, told the BBC the consequences of the shooting were likely to be "quite horrendous".

He said he expected officers to face criminal charges, and other officers could even refuse to carry weapons.

I suppose there's not much more one can say until we get more details, but it really is quite shocking.

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3 comments:

Dr. Dawg said...

This is what an eyewitness saw at the time:

"The man half tripped and was then pushed to the floor by three plain-clothes police officers who were pursuing him.

"One of the police officers was holding a black automatic pistol in his left hand. He held it down to him and unloaded five shots into him.

"I saw it all. He was dead - five shots. I was literally less than five yards away."

I'll admit that the phrase "summary street execution" crossed my mind when I first heard the news of this. I'll be more than interested in following this tale as it unfolds.

Gretchen Ross said...

Whats more amazing is that if they suspected he was a bomber (as was reported to us at the time) why the hell would they pump him full of lead? What if he had explosives strapped to him? They must have known he was unarmed or they wouldnt have shot at him. And if he was a suspect, they tackled him to the ground before he was shot, so why not cuff this unarmed man and take him in for questioning?

Jim said...

Gretchen, I'm going to try to answer your questions without justifying the response - I'm not playing Devil's Advocate, but there is an explanation. I'm just as shocked as everyone.

Whats more amazing is that if they suspected he was a bomber (as was reported to us at the time) why the hell would they pump him full of lead?

Unfortunately, if he was a bomber say with a switch or a remote, the simple strategy is he can't trigger it if he's incapacitated.

What if he had explosives strapped to him?

That's why they shot him in the head. Less likely to trigger chest or body strapped explosives.

From what I understand, they're using tactics developed by the Israelis for disarming would-be bombers.