Thursday, October 18, 2007
Health and Safety?
Am I the only person in this country who thinks that the premise for the current trial being held of the Metropolitan Police, in relation to the shooting in July 2005 of Charles de Menezes at Stockwell tube station is a bit...errrmmmm...odd?
Before you all rush to say that a trial needs to be held, and that the police screwed up etc, that may well be so.
However, the Met are being prosecuted under Health and Safety legislation.
Errrmm...am I the only one here who thinks that the use of health and safety in this case, as a pretext for prosecution, is a wee bit odd?
A man was shot in the head, in broad daylight, on the tube, by the police, using dumb dumb bullets...is that really a health and safety issue?
To my mind this is an absurd pretext for a trial in this particular case. Are there not other, more relevant, laws that could have been used to prosecute the police?
Are we now to assume that Health and Safety laws are to be used by the state as a catch all "boot to stamp on our heads", as a means to ensure that the state has total control over us and can prosecute anyone at will for anything the state wishes?
Imagine a boot stamping on a human face, forever...that's our future!