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Yesterday, I blogged an Observer piece highlighting some of the unanswered questions surrounding the Stockwell shooting. Today, I’m blogging a Guardian report highlighting new leaks from the report into the shooting – leaks which appear to raise yet more questions about the shooting.
Following the police murder, I claimed that
basic story is that a man under surveillance following the attacks refused to follow police orders, and so was shot five times at close range.
It now emerges that the man was not under formal surveillance, as no-one had bothered to identify him properly. He didn’t refuse to follow police orders, because he wasn’t given any. And he wasn’t shot five times at close range, he was pinned down and shot seven times at point-blank range.
And whilst I still think
We can’t go killing every Asian man in a big coat who doesn’t do as police ask.
It turns out he wasn’t even wearing a big coat, but a rather light and fetching denim number.
One of my many theories is beginning to look frighteningly close to the truth:
To my mind, it sounds like a policeman rather lost it, and shot the man five times in some kind of rage.
Steps must be taken to ensure that such a mistake is never, ever, made again – and if that means laws must change to make it harder for police to kill, then change they must. Someone somewhere once said that every time the police wrongly arrest someone, we lose a little piece of our freedom. How much, then, did we lose on 22nd July 2005?