Tuesday, July 26, 2005


This claims to be a Met press release covering guidelines on reporting about the shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes at Stockwell Tube station by police. Presented here without statement as to its possible authenticity.

Apparently it was originally a satirical post on urban75. Still, I think it neatly sums up the meeja's treatment of events.


At 2:29 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting, but judging by the first comment beneath it I wouldn't say that it was. Though it does summarise all of the problems around the shooting. I've been trying to do as they say and see it from the policeman's perspective, yet the fact that he was shot five times in the head, which you'd think is slight overkill really, always emerges. Okay, if what they say is true then I agree that he must have looked suspicious. Still, why shoot him five times in the head? As I understand it when the police shouted for everyone to get down he did so. Did he really need to be shot five times in the head? Could you not have knocked him out or at least ripped the jacket off him and taken a look as to whether it was filled with explosives. Also, all the other bombs were in bags weren't they? It's difficult and I think the victim was being a bit of an idiot, but that the police were acting completely out of line.

At 1:19 am, Blogger Sable X. Veins said...

That, of course, is the standard conclusion - and the view that is more or less supported by myself and (I suspect) all the writers here.

My respect for J.K. "See Spot Run" Rowling and the surprisingly relevant societal observations in her literature has increased somewhat.


Yes, I read the new Harry Potter. So shoot me.


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