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article imageReview: ‘Police — Shooting to Kill?’ Special

By Alexander Baron     Jan 21, 2014 in Crime
The inspiration or perhaps the catalyst for this half hour "Panorama" documentary was the execution of Mark Duggan and the inquest verdict.
If you are not au fait with the execution of Mark Duggan — and that is what it was — check out some of the background to it including the conspiracy of silence that followed, the cover-up, the unnamed man who shot him, the conviction of the man who supplied the gun he wasn't holding when he was gunned down, and the inquest verdict.
The programme includes contributions from not only serving police officers but Professor Peter Squires, co-author of Shooting To Kill?; and Susan Alexander, the mother of Azelle Rodney, who was shot dead by the Metropolitan Police in April 2005, likewise in a hard stop.
Professor Squires isn't given much space but he comments on the policy of shooting to kill by police snipers.
The IPCC has a page on its website dedicated to the Duggan shooting. Deborah Glass of that august body also makes a cameo appearance, and to be fair she didn't sound at all happy with the way the police have ignored her organisation's recommendations.
Another shooting discussed here was that of Anthony Grainger, who was gunned down by Greater Manchester Police in March 2012. The Clown Prosecution Service has decided that no officer on the ground was responsible, but instead that Chief Constable Peter Fahy will be prosecuted under health and safety legislation.
In other words, there will be a symbolic trial of the man at the top of the organisation, and if he is convicted, the force will be fined. The proceedings will take officers off the streets who will be paid to sit around for hours outside Manchester Crown Court, and everything, including any possible fine, will be paid for by the taxpayer. The privilege money can't buy strikes yet again. What a joke.
Police: Shooting to Kill? is currently on BBC iplayer, and will be for the next twelve months.
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