The Dim-Post

January 25, 2009

First Blood

Filed under: general news — danylmc @ 8:11 am

I might be wrong but I think this is the first time the police have accidentally killed a civilian; the fact that they came clean about it so quickly when they could have spent a few weeks dissembling or simply falsified the evidence and blamed the subject of the pursuit actually does a lot to restore my confidence in the force.

The TV coverage was pretty creepy; the journos were all high on adrenalin and – with the exception of Lisa Owen – unable to hide their glee at having such a great story land on their laps during a serious news drought.

Even more horrible was Greg O’Connors performance; a demented rant about how the Police had a difficult job and had done no wrong. They killed a guy! I realise O’Connor’s audience are the members of his union and not the general public but I suspect a lot of cops who watched that also felt pretty sick. The guy has no perspective and only serves to make the police look arrogant and cruel. It would be hard for them to find a worse spokesperson.


  1. i thought the same. o’connor is way, way off the mark.

    an innocent man was killed. the least the asshole could do is state that there should be an enquiry before he tried to whitewash the death.

    Comment by Che Tibby — January 25, 2009 @ 10:31 am

  2. Indeed. Hunters are forever being charged with manslaughter ( correctly so, imho) when they accidently shoot a mate.

    Take it to court and let it be sorted there.

    Comment by enzer — January 25, 2009 @ 12:34 pm

  3. Obviously, the full facts are yet to surface, but I really don’t see how any properly trained police officer could mistake a young guy in a van (through a scope) for a gun-wielding offender who was loosing off shots from a .22 sawnoff. This would be gross failure to identify the target, surely?

    So, maybe the poor 17 year old bystander was hit by a round that missed its original target (the offender)…. in which case the negligence is just as serious – failure to asceretain a clear field of fire.

    There’s going to be shit over this one, and any excuses like “Oh there was a lot going on at the time” won’t wash. These police are supposed to be fucking PROFESSIONALS for chrissakes!

    Comment by Dave Mann — January 25, 2009 @ 7:55 pm

  4. I might be wrong but I think this is the first time the police have accidentally killed a civilian

    I suspect you need to add the words “with a gun”.

    Comment by Graeme — January 26, 2009 @ 11:58 am

  5. I suspect you need to add the words “with a gun”.

    I’ll get one of my interns to fix it.

    I see I/S is insisting ‘you should know better’. What’d you tell him?

    Comment by danylmc — January 26, 2009 @ 12:03 pm

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