Tuesday, April 28, 2009

A note from the G20

Mercilessly scrapped from Jack of Kent.

The issue of the Tomlinson death at the G20 remains contentious here.
The problem is that there aren't a lot of facts to go on -- and they keep changing.
The basic outlines have more or less come out, with some extra facts floating around and some "facts" being endlessly hammered into you with dubious or no provenance.
There is a pretty well established pattern to these events, though.
  • Allegations emerge against the police.
  • The police say that nothing out of the ordinary happened and everything was by the book.
  • The police claim that there is no CCTV.
  • The police claim the victim was at fault.
  • A video emerges that that appears to incriminate the police
  • The police blame the videographer for taking video.
  • Public outcry leads to calls for a political inquiry.
  • The inquiry finds no need for prosecution and while there were discrepancies in the police statements and outright fabrications, there is no need for further action.
  • In the event of the charges being laid, the police are found not guilty.
  • Rinse and repeat.

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