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‘Serial killer’ cop complains that he’s treated like a criminal

Issue No. 2516

Demanding justice for Azelle Rodney - killed by police marksman Anthony Long - on the 2006 United Friends and Family Campaign march

Demanding justice for Azelle Rodney - killed by police marksman Anthony Long - on the 2006 United Friends and Family Campaign march (Pic: Guy Smallman)


The police officer who shot dead unarmed Azelle Rodney has complained to the Radio Times that the Independent Police Complaints Commission treats police “as criminals”.

Anthony Long is punting his new documentary, Secrets of a Police Marksman.

Long shot Azelle six times during a police operation in north London in 2005.

An inquiry in 2013 found that there was no “lawful justification” for the killing. But Long was cleared of Azelle’s murder last year.

Long killed two other people during his career and was once described by a senior officer as “The Met’s very own serial killer”.


Man dies after pepper spray

A man died after police pepper sprayed him during a disturbance in Dalbeattie, Scotland.

Alan Hay, 50, died in hospital on Tuesday of last week after collapsing outside a G4S security van at Barlinnie prison in Glasgow.

An investigation has been launched by the police investigations and review commissioner (PIRC), Scotland’s police watchdog.

The “incapacitant” spray, known as Captor Pava, “primarily affects the eyes causing closure and severe pain ... greater than that caused by CS [gas]” according to the Association of Chief Police Officers.

It can also cause skin blistering and breathing problems.

Hay’s is the second recent death involving Police Scotland’s use of pepper spray to come under investigation by the PIRC.

Sheku Bayoh died last year as he was being held down on a pavement, seconds after being hit with pepper spray and CS gas.


New unit to terrorise us

London's Met Police last week unveiled the first of a new generation of “elite” cops.

They are armed to the teeth with pistols and semi-automatic rifles, riding motorbikes and decked in military fatigues and helmets.

Police chiefs say they will be stationed at major landmarks to prevent terrorism.

They plan to deploy 600 of them in London and 1,500 around Britain. Do you feel safer yet?


Lawrence CCTV out

Police have released CCTV images of a witness they want to trace in connection with the racist murder of black teenager Stephen Lawrence.

The images show a man who police believe was in the area when Stephen was killed in Eltham, south east London, in 1993. Images of the man’s jacket were circulated in 1993 and 2013.

Gary Dobson and David Norris were found guilty of Stephen’s murder in 2012.

But other members of the gang that killed Stephen were not convicted and the case remains open.

An inquiry found that police obstructed the original investigation and that the Met Police is institutionally racist.


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