Justice and the Law

As if the verdict in the Mark Duggan case wasn’t bad enough, last week the CPS announced their conclusions in relation to the case of Anthony Granger. Anthony was shot dead by a police officer in Manchester despite, like Mark Duggan, being unarmed. The CPS have concluded that the jury would be more likely than not to believe that the officer felt threatened and was therefore justified in shooting. On that basis they have chosen not to charge the officer in question with anything at all. Instead they have decided to prosecute Greater Manchester Police for breach of health and safety in the work place.

The CPS, the police and the justice system in general are simply making jokes of the lives of innocent citizens. This cannot go on.

The last time that a British police force was charged with breach of health and safety in the work place was in 2005 after they shot dead the entirely innocent Brazilian, Jean-Charles DeMenenez. A man who was guilty of only one thing: being brown. The result of that prosecution was as unbelievable as the many lies that the police told at the time. They were simply fined. One of the very people who lied to us, claiming that Jean-Charles had been wearing a bulky jacket (untrue), had ignored orders from police to stop (untrue), and had jumped the barriers in the tube station (untrue), now sits in the House of Lords where he helps make the very legislation we are bound by.

Jean-Charles. Mark Duggan. Anthony Granger. They all died at the hands of the law, but not one of them has been given justice. The two things no longer have anything to do with one another. Unarmed men do NOT pose a threat. When you shoot them dead, you shoot Justice dead too.

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