The Curmudgeon


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Asking for Trouble

The Innocent Policepersons' Consolation Commission has been called upon to determine what degree of blamelessness is compatible with shooting fifty thousand volts into a blind man's back. Police in Chorley had received reports of someone walking around with a samurai sword (such a person was in fact arrested later on), and officers apparently mistook the blind man's white cane for the weapon. Once they'd sat on him for a while, it became evident that he was not the man they were looking for, and Lancashire police have issued an apology. The Metropolitan Firearms and Headbangers' Club, of course, would have handled the matter rather differently, especially given their new-found powers of legal unlawful death over the citizenry: by this time, five days after the event, we would have been told that the blind man was a drunken oaf who had no business on a public pavement, that he had been attacked by anarchists and saved by police, that he was a dusky drug addict, illegal immigrant and rapist who had leaped over barriers and ignored repeated warnings, and that nobody in the force had ever laid eyes on him. The Lancashire force has launched an urgent investigation into the lessons of the incident; clearly, it has a great deal to learn.


  • At 7:06 pm , Anonymous Madame X said...

    Zatoichi would have kicked their asses. We have had toddlers tasered to shut up their parents, so this phenomenon is worldwide. The Taser Corporation defends and indemnifies police departments when sued and even threatened legal action against Canada for trying to come up with a policy to limit their use. So what constitutes a deadly weapon is no longer left to science.

  • At 7:29 pm , Blogger Philip said...

    Well, we're about to hand over the police to the people who couldn't fulfil their security contract at the Olympics, and some eminently sane people are already agitating for "failing" schools to be privatised. Given the present education secretary's penchant for faith-based policy, no doubt human resources in G4S' future juvenile training programme ("Building Tomorrow's Consumers Today") will be equipped with largely non-deadly force as a matter of course.


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