Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Tears of Rage

If you've hung out around the Slack LaLane water cooler enough, you know we like to fuck around. We have no qualms making jokes about retards and coloreds, kicking old ladies in the shins, crippling Chris Reeve and smoking near his wife.

But occasionally I find time to feel and act like a normal human being -- hey, I get outraged just like y'all do. I actually have emotions (sometimes), and right now, I'm furious. Seriously.

I read last night the Brazilian man killed in the London subway system the day after the failed July 21st attacks was not only innocent, but the police went to great lengths to cover it up. First, he was wrongly believed to be a terrorist, which I guess is understandable in that climate. I will the never fault the police of any city for trying to apprehend terrorists, but you at least have to try to do it with your head removed from your collective ass.

Unlike earlier police reports, new documents, photographs and testimony leaked to the media are now showing Jean Charles De Menezes wasn't acting suspicious at all, he wasn't running from police, he wasn't wearing a bulky, padded jacket, he didn't have a big bag, he didn't vault the barrier, he actually got on a train and sat down in a seat before being tackled to the ground, and then once he was pinned down, he was shot seven times in the head and once in the shoulder. Three other bullets missed.

"His cousin Allessandro Pereira said: 'My family deserve [sic] the full truth about his murder. The truth cannot be hidden any longer. It has to be made public.' He said the police should have stopped his cousin before he got to the bus stop after leaving home in Tulse Hill. 'He would have helped the police,' he said. 'They killed my cousin, they could kill anyone, any English person.'"

I really don't even know what to say, but I hope upon hope the people of Britain don't stand for this shit and call for some fucking heads. It's one thing to fire 10 shots at and kill an already-restrained innocent civilian, it's another entirely to then tell his family and the people of the world he was a terrorist or someone with ties to terrorism, that it was his fault somehow. And even after the "He was a terrorist" line was debunked, the police still failed to correct their erroneous reports. Awful.

There's nothing that can undo this horrible tragedy, but I sure as shit would hope the ones involved -- from the chief on down to the guys that shot him -- are not only held accountable, but their balls are plastered to the wall. Is that an expression? I don't think so.


At 10:24 AM, Blogger John Howard said...

The whole story disgusts me. Not only the actual facts of the incident and the coverup, but all the people who thought there was nothing wrong with what the police did if he had been wearing a big jacket and running.

At 10:26 AM, Blogger ethan said...

ace cowboy: plastering balls to the wall since 2003.

also, since when is it protocol to shoot any suspect, terrorist or not, once they're restrained? this should be impossible to cover up.

At 11:06 AM, Blogger PaulNoonan said...

Just a terrible story. I hope everyone involved in murdering this guy get's nailed, BTTW.

Ethan: It is possible to have a "good shoot," even if a suspect is restrained, if you are "very sure" that they have a bomb on them.

And clearly, as this guy was lightly attired with no bag, he had no such thing on him.

At 11:51 AM, Blogger Matty Mac said...

Sadly, this reminds me of the Dane Cook skit about the guy who gets shot eating a pear because the police thought it was a grenade.

This is an atrocious story.

At 2:26 PM, Blogger Don Fiedler said...

I don't feel so bad for that guy. The cops told me that he gave Peter Jennings cancer. A pox on him and his family.


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