What do we think of this?
It seems beyond the pale to shoot a man because he does not want to be evicted from his home – but if he was threatening harm to others, who has the moral high ground?
Should ordinary people be pushed into extraordinary situations like this? We don’t know the circumstances of this “planned eviction” but if it didn’t involved the Bedroom Tax or some other government policy, we can all rest assured it will be just a matter of time before another incident happens that does.
A man is in critical condition in hospital after being shot by police officers in south London, according to Scotland Yard and the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC). Police said the incident occurred during a planned eviction, which was due to take place on Friday morning.
Unarmed officers were said to be escorting a housing officer when a man was reported to have emerged from one of the rooms in the property in Lambeth. A siege began when armed officers were sent to deal with the situation and the man was shot by police outside the premises shortly before 5pm, officers said.
The London ambulance service attended and treated the man at the scene, before he was taken to a south London hospital suffering serious injuries.
In a statement released while the siege was going on, the Metropolitan police said: “Officers attended and were threatened by the suspect who is believed to be in possession of a firearm.” But, later on Friday, a spokeswoman said that she could not clarify whether or not the man had, in fact, been armed because the IPCC had subsequently opened an investigation into the shooting.
The man in this incident was taken to hospital in critical condition and it is not clear whether the police who shot him followed their own rules, which require them to show they acted to protect their own lives or those of others.
What is the UK coming to?
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