Originally Posted by codprawn
I see so if a member of the public phones in with something it MUST be true???
At the end of the day those two policemen KILLED an innocent man - it was THEY who pulled the triggers - THEY were to blame!!! Not a lack of training or anything else!!!
Obviously I don't think they intended to kill an innocent man - they made a mistake - an accident - there IS a term used for that - it's called manslaughter!!!
Similar case with that so called terrorist killed on the tube - the bloke running away with the bulk jacket who must have been a suicide bomber!!!
Isn't it strange that since they have banned handguns there are more and more Police carrying firearms?
Since 1982 there have been 4 Police officers killed by guns in the UK - do those figures REALLY warrent more and more of them carrying guns???
There speaks a man who has never faced a gun in a shopping bag. Plastic shopping bags are a common way to carry and/or conceal a gun for several reasons. Firstly they can be fired with the hand outside the bag thus not transferring the kind of forensic evidence required for a gun crime conviction. Secondly the bag will catch an ejected cartridge, again denying forensic examination and a link to a specific firearm. Thirdly, most people wouldn't react if a Tesco shopping bag was waved at them - seeing no threat. The police know this well. Another thing to consider Codders, is that gun crime in the UK has reached epidemic proportions. There are literally thousands of gun incidents in every major city. It largely goes unreported because the incidents are mainly black on black and the media are not interested in reporting this. I would ask you to consider what is is like to be either threatened with a firearm in a place you would consider yourself safe and in control and being actually shot by a firearm in similar circumstances (I have unfortunate experiences with both scenarios by the way) and then pause for a moment and think what it would be like to face this threat day after day as many of our Police Officers do.
Lastly, the case you are referring to is a classic case of 'Suicide by Cop' a well known phemonena in the USA and sadly on the increase here.