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Yours is a pathetically low standard for police competence.
By your logic, the public should blindly support police incompetence because a police force in some other country is less competent. If you like this type of conduct from police, move to a country where they have right-wing death squads, like Iraq.|
It now turns out that the police shot the man nine times, eight times in the head and once in the shoulder. More importantly, if he had been a suicide bomber, he would have made it to his target -- a full bus or train. So the police failed in indentifying a suicide bomber correctly and then they failed to keep him away from suicide bomber targets -- busses and trains. The officers who shot him were from a highly specialized and well-trained tactical unit.
Then the police commissioner lied. On Firday, he said the killed man was "directly involved" in the 7/21 attack. Where did this lie come from? Not from the police who killed de Menezes -- they weren't supervising so they wouldn't know for sure if he was or was not a terrorist. The lies continue. Most recently, the BBC has reported that de Menezes was shot nine times, not five times. So the London police force is still not coming clean about the facts and circumstances of the killing, and these are the police with tons of experience with IRA bombings through the decades. Terrorism no problem for them.
Since 9/11, public safety bureaucracies have received blank checks to protect the public, but as evidenced by the actions of the London authorities, it just isn't a good investment for the money. And yet another 24 hours have passed and the bombers remain at large, possibly still in London. To their credit, the police have added an additional suspect to the list of four suicide bombers at large. They have asked for the publc's help in locating anyone who may have purchased at one time five tupperwear-like food storage containers of the same variety. Possibly the in-store camera designed to catch the employees stealing money from the cash register may have also captured another image of one of the bombers.
The police have not yet released a videocam photo of de Menezes entering Stockwell Underground. People want to judge for themselves the bulky jacket that the killed man was wearing. At 10 am last Friday, the temperature was only 60f under overcast skies with a slight breeze. Some outerwear would have been appropriate, and one report has a witness saying de Menezes always wore a jean jacket, which is a thin jacket. The public has seen the videocam picture of the 7/7 bombers, and all these suspects are dead too, but they also carried backpacks.
2fish, you apparently have me confused with someone you call "Flot." There are people who have multiple screen names on this board, but I'm not one of them. Also, it is making me uncomfortable that spend a lot words directed to me personally instead of the thread topic.