I am sure all of us has heard about Jean Charles de Menezes, who was shot eight times in the London subway shortly after the July seventh bombings in the UK. Menezes an electrician by trade, was originally reported to have been wearing a heavy jacket while he jumped a ticket barrier and sprinted for a train. However witnesses and closed circuit television footage tell a very different story than the police. The CCTV tape show Menezes wearing a light denim jacket and walking at normal pace. Recently a police officer working with the surveillance following Menezes was quoted as saying:
"I heard shouting, which included the word 'police', and turned to face the male in the denim jacket. He immediately stood up and advanced towards me and the CO19 (special security) officers... I grabbed the male in the denim jacket by wrapping both my arms around his torso, pinning his arms to his side.I then pushed him back on to the seat where he had been previously sitting... I then heard a gun shot very close to my left ear and was dragged away onto the floor of the carriage."
The gun shot this police officer heard was only one of the eight rounds the police fired into the restrained man(seven of which struck him in the head). I am not surprised the police overreacted this way. The British empire has a long history of using excessive force during politically charged situations between civilians and government forces (especially situations involving minorities of some sort). On a March night in 1770, a group of unarmed men and boys taunting a sentry standing guard at the city's customs house were fired upon by soldiers. In this incident left five dead and another six wounded. The screw ups don't end there. On January 30, 1972, soldiers from the Army's 1st Parachute Regiment fired on demonstrators in Derry, Ireland. The march was formed in protest the internment without trail of suspected Republicans. The day ended with 13 dead and many wounded(one who later died as a result of his wounds). Many refer to this day as "Bloody Sunday". If I was to go on to detail all the atrocities of British imperialism I would be writing for quite a long time.
The moral of this story is: if you are a minority stay the fuck away from Brits with guns.
Posted by joemolinari
at 2:42 AM CDT