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Sunday, July 24, 2005

Shooting to Kill and Missing the Point

The Canadian Press reports:
London's police commissioner expressed regret Sunday for the slaying of a Brazilian electrician by officers who mistook him for a suspect in the recent terror bombings, but he defended a police shoot-to-kill policy as "the only way" to stop would-be suicide bombers.
The press and the authorities are missing, or avoiding the point of contention. While detaining a terrorist rather than killing one, is debatable in itself; the tragedy here, is the fact that the suspect was not a terrorist. The debate on the table should be whether or not the police officer's actions were justifiable based on the circumstances of the events, not the "shoot to kill" policy.

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