Wednesday, 10 June 2020

A Strange Reaction

I was very surprised when the Houses of  Parliament recently stood in silence in memory of  an American who died while restrained by police.

Minneapolis is not subject to British jurisdiction, and investigations have been undertaken by the local authorities there, where criminal proceedings are underway.

Several years ago members of our own Metropolitan Police shot dead a plumber who had committed no crime and was not even suspected of committing a crime.. There was no minute of silence for him yet he was killed deliberately, unlike the American whose death  followed an inept and excessive effort to restrain him. The senior officer who supervised the plumber's killing was subsequently promoted to the post of Chief Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police. Members of Parliament might sort our our own policing before offering advice to our former colony.

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