Passionate Homo Sapiens Ingester
Apr 9 2009, 03:06 AM
QUOTE(Stoic Person Eater @ Apr 8 2009, 03:42 PM) [snapback]1494709[/snapback]
QUOTE(marney1 @ Apr 8 2009, 10:17 AM) [snapback]1494704[/snapback]
Reports at the moment are saying he wasn't a protester, just someone trying to get home.
The truth will emerge in due course.
In that case, his death is not cool. A case of wrong place, wrong time.
If anyone should be at fault; it should be the mob of protesters for holding a ruckus in the streets where he was trying to travel home.
That's ridiculous. That is the most ridiculous thing I've ever read.
Do you know anything about kettling? Met police have been so scared since losing control of the city centre during the Poll Tax riots 19 years ago, they've developed a tactic where they contain protestors inside an oppressively small area for hours (up to 10 this time), letting people in and not letting them out. In this area there was no access to toilet facilities, and stories of highly unsanitary practices have been circulating. Similarly there is a risk posed to diabetics, should they plan on attending a 2 hour protest and are needlessly held against their will, without commiting any offence as defined by common law, for several times as long. This practice is known as kettling, and it's no wonder it leads to aggression.
It means that areas can be so crowded that access for medical attention may be difficult towards the more aggressively contained areas, which Tomlinson may have been walking through when he collapsed. Whether or not this was a factor remains to be seen.
Whether or not this was a factor, this was no death by misadventure. This was an unaggravated assault on an innocent man, which led incontravertably to his death. A policeman abused his position of power and in doing so ended a man's life. There is no recourse to the defence of "following orders". There was to be no confusion.
This death is the result of an overreaching police state, make no mistake. Failure to take a stand now could lead to dire consequences in future.
QUOTE(TwoFacedTanner @ Apr 8 2009, 10:23 PM) [snapback]1494773[/snapback]
Wow. He got killed by being pushed down?
I think it's rather distasteful for you to insinuate that the man's death was in any way his own fault for not being resilient enough. Whatever you meant by it, it's disrespectful and irrelevant to the point of the topic.