Today we remember one of the great miscarriages of British justice of the present time, in which the British police – indeed the Metropolitan police, those paragons of English authority whose collective beats are more international and mutli-cultural than probably any other city in the world – were revealed as foul racists, shoot-first-ask-questions-later trigger-happy chancers who fudged the facts, lied, created hysteria and showed that they were – in a crisis – entirely incapable of their task. That they claimed to have mistaken a Portuguese-speaking olive-skinned South American man pleading for his life for a Muslim terrorist was offered as an excuse for pumping seven bullets into his head. English justice? I think not. And on the World Stage, too.
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Great post. What a weird summer that was.
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It was indeed a weird summer… (And if On This Deity is on Facebook, it has nothing to do with me.)
Equally depressing to mull over the aftermath of this crime – the horrendous misinformation doled out via the tabloids about Jean Charles manner and demeanour – given what we’re currently hearing about links between the Met and News International etc.