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April 5th, 2012

Not like over here then

Posted in The Job - General by 200

While checking the news websites for inspiration for posts, as I do most days, I came across the story of  43-year-old Kyle Newman, a man from Ontario, Canada who was shot dead by officers in January.

He found a police vehicle and deliberately rammed it from behind. The officer drove off and was followed and rammed again by Newman, who again followed the officer back to the police car park where he rammed the police car and another vehicle before getting out of his vehicle armed with a knife. He ignored requests to put the knife down and charged at two officers who both shot him. Eleven shots were fired and Newman was killed by a bullet to the head.

The Special Investigations Unit, charged with investigating the officers’ actions in Canada, has completed their investigation and found the officers were totally justified in the use of lethal force. It took them less than three mnths to come to this conclusion.

I have posted about this before, especially with regards to non UK police shooting investigations and how speedy they are when compared to the UK, whose officers often have to undergo long periods of investigation and related stress and turmoil for a year or even several before they are found to have been justified in their actions.