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Shoot first smear later

Issue No. 2484

Could a police officer face prosecution for murder? Perhaps.

Jermaine Baker, a black man, was shot dead near Wood Green crown court in London on Friday of last week. The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) announced a criminal investigation.

Jermaine died after police swooped as part of an operation on people who may have tried to spring people from court.


The crime correspondents have all come to the same conclusion. It happens to be the police version of events.

Jermaine was from Tottenham, north London, where the shooting dead of Mark Duggan by police in 2011 led to rioting. That is enough to give anonymous police sources and the press free rein to smear Jermaine.

The cops say he might have been in a gang linked to a gang Mark Duggan might have been in.

Initial witness reports that a suspect had “come out firing” have already been discredited.

The non-police gun retrieved from the scene was an imitation. And a man other than Jermaine has been charged with its possession.

Meanwhile Deputy Assistant Commissioner Peter Terry, said, “All of our officers involved in Friday’s operation are receiving all the support we can provide.”

As always the police are pampered. We can only rely on our resistance.

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What We Think
Tue 15 Dec 2015, 17:34 GMT
Issue No. 2484
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