Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Why arrest people when you can kill them?

This is a religious blog and at one point I said there would be no political commentary here. So there won't be.

But I will note that I think the Royal Canadian Mounted Police should stop killing people.




Apparently shooting unarmed people is fun

According to the latest news, the RCMP have "reassigned" this particular victim's killers. Heh. That's kind of like churches moving accused priests to new parishes, I suppose. Shuffle them along and hope the inquiry doesn't turn up too many embarrassing facts. I'll bet if I walked into the airport and killed someone I'd be more than "reassigned."

Rest in peace, Robert Dziekanski. I'm sorry our supposedly free country couldn't give you a better welcome. May God forgive us for what is done in our name.

According to the news there's now going to be a review of taser policies. I suspect it will be a whitewash, mind you. Perhaps the RCMP could demonstrate good faith by shelving the tasers until the conclusion of the inquiry. The list of people routinely shot while handcuffed and lying on the ground is getting rather long, as is the list of people who die from being shot. So much for our magic non-lethal weapons.

Postscript: My news today (Nov. 21) tells me that Canada's official minister of love, Stockwell Day, is going to have a report released by the end of the week. Here's my recommendations: (a) after a foreign arrival has been detained for ten hours, don't shoot him before at least trying to communicate with him; (b) for that matter, don't shoot anyone who isn't posing an actual physical threat; (c) for God's sake, don't tell the guy's mother, after you've just killed him, that you don't know where he is and that she should just go home and wait for a phone call; and (d) don't lie to the public about what happened until after video evidence from a bystander surfaces a month after the murder, and then claim that the public is "misperceiving" police brutality. A bit of honesty from police spokespeople over the past month might have gone a long way.

Plus, I also have a prediction (which, with the authority of the orange sky, becomes a prophecy): the report will acknowledge that there were "serious errors" in following regulations, propose some banal new procedures for police in responding to problems at airports, and conclude that the people involved acted with the best interests of the public in mind. You know, just like they did when they conspired to help the Americans deport Canadian citizens to the Middle East to be imprisoned and tortured. Or like when they killed Ian Bush in Houston, BC.