Oh no

“The man shot dead in Stockwell tube station yesterday was not connected to the attempted bombings of London on July 21, police said tonight…”

A Metropolitan Police statement said, “For somebody to lose their life in such circumstances is a tragedy and one that the Metropolitan Police Service regrets.”

I can’t quite put my finger on it, but I’m not sure the language in that statement really does the situation justice. You shoot dead in broad daylight someone who turns out not to be a suicide bomber after all, and the best you can come up with is the sort of language that might serve for someone falsely arrested for shoplifting (“the Metropolitan Police Service regrets” – someone should set that to music).

OK, they call it a “tragedy”, but a bit more of a sense of people crawling over broken glass in abject misery and despair would be a start.

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16 Responses to Oh no

  1. greg bourke says:

    Indeed he turns out to be Brazilian.

  2. greg bourke says:

    Indeed he turns out to be Brazilian.

  3. greg bourke says:

    Indeed he turns out to be Brazilian.

  4. greg bourke says:

    Indeed he turns out to be Brazilian.

  5. The real lesson here is that when the police yell repeatedly at you to stop, don’t keep running away, especially right after the attempted multiple bombings of London. What in the world was he thinking? As sad as it is, he had a very real part to play in all of this.
    Blessings in Christ Jesus!

  6. The real lesson here is that when the police yell repeatedly at you to stop, don’t keep running away, especially right after the attempted multiple bombings of London. What in the world was he thinking? As sad as it is, he had a very real part to play in all of this.
    Blessings in Christ Jesus!

  7. The real lesson here is that when the police yell repeatedly at you to stop, don’t keep running away, especially right after the attempted multiple bombings of London. What in the world was he thinking? As sad as it is, he had a very real part to play in all of this.
    Blessings in Christ Jesus!

  8. The real lesson here is that when the police yell repeatedly at you to stop, don’t keep running away, especially right after the attempted multiple bombings of London. What in the world was he thinking? As sad as it is, he had a very real part to play in all of this.
    Blessings in Christ Jesus!

  9. Larry says:

    I’m sure the policemen who did the actual shooting feel stricken over it. Prayers are certainly in order for them.
    It is a great tragedy. The support we give our police and armed forces who protect us, should and must continue, even as we try to figure out what happened here.

  10. Larry says:

    I’m sure the policemen who did the actual shooting feel stricken over it. Prayers are certainly in order for them.
    It is a great tragedy. The support we give our police and armed forces who protect us, should and must continue, even as we try to figure out what happened here.

  11. Larry says:

    I’m sure the policemen who did the actual shooting feel stricken over it. Prayers are certainly in order for them.
    It is a great tragedy. The support we give our police and armed forces who protect us, should and must continue, even as we try to figure out what happened here.

  12. Larry says:

    I’m sure the policemen who did the actual shooting feel stricken over it. Prayers are certainly in order for them.
    It is a great tragedy. The support we give our police and armed forces who protect us, should and must continue, even as we try to figure out what happened here.

  13. John H says:

    Well, running away from armed police is never the best idea, I’ll admit.
    But the point is that on 6th July, we were not a society in which running from the police, for whatever reason (whether panic or guilt), was not a course of action that was likely to result in your being shot five times in the head from point blank range. Now we are that sort of society, it seems: one small victory for the bombers.
    But what will be one large victory for the bombers is when we become the sort of society that, when hearing about innocent people shot in such circumstances, isn’t shocked and troubled by the news – and fails to insist that the burden of proof lies on the police to show their actions were justified.

  14. John H says:

    Well, running away from armed police is never the best idea, I’ll admit.
    But the point is that on 6th July, we were not a society in which running from the police, for whatever reason (whether panic or guilt), was not a course of action that was likely to result in your being shot five times in the head from point blank range. Now we are that sort of society, it seems: one small victory for the bombers.
    But what will be one large victory for the bombers is when we become the sort of society that, when hearing about innocent people shot in such circumstances, isn’t shocked and troubled by the news – and fails to insist that the burden of proof lies on the police to show their actions were justified.

  15. John H says:

    Well, running away from armed police is never the best idea, I’ll admit.
    But the point is that on 6th July, we were not a society in which running from the police, for whatever reason (whether panic or guilt), was not a course of action that was likely to result in your being shot five times in the head from point blank range. Now we are that sort of society, it seems: one small victory for the bombers.
    But what will be one large victory for the bombers is when we become the sort of society that, when hearing about innocent people shot in such circumstances, isn’t shocked and troubled by the news – and fails to insist that the burden of proof lies on the police to show their actions were justified.

  16. John H says:

    Well, running away from armed police is never the best idea, I’ll admit.
    But the point is that on 6th July, we were not a society in which running from the police, for whatever reason (whether panic or guilt), was not a course of action that was likely to result in your being shot five times in the head from point blank range. Now we are that sort of society, it seems: one small victory for the bombers.
    But what will be one large victory for the bombers is when we become the sort of society that, when hearing about innocent people shot in such circumstances, isn’t shocked and troubled by the news – and fails to insist that the burden of proof lies on the police to show their actions were justified.

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