Because of incorrect reporting, by the mainstream right wing controlled media, of the Independent Police Complaints Commission’s initial conclusions about the shooting, that led to the English riots, the commission has restated that the police were the only ones who fired their weapons.
There was no exchange of gunfire, as the right wing media continues to report: “Any reference to an exchange of shots was not correct and did not feature in any of our formal statements, although an officer was taken to hospital after the incident.”-latest IPCC statement
The commission also stated that any shots that hit police, came from police. They pointed out that the police radio that was hit, was hit by a jacketed police issue bullet.
The right wing media has also been reporting that police claim the shooting victim had a pistol that was illegally converted to fire live ammo. As I reported earlier, the Independent Police Complaints Commission said there is no evidence the victim shot at police, and that he was not armed!
The commission stated in its latest press conference, that the pistol police claim to have belonged to the shooting victim, was no where near the scene of the shooting.
The riots started after a a crowd of about 200 people gathered to protest he shooting. A 16 year old girl approached the line of police officers and was beaten by them (right wing reports say she attacked police). That’s when the peaceful protesters went violent.
There’s video on YouTube, it’s a little dark, but you can hear someone yelling at the British Bobbies that they’re beating a “F**cking girl!”. Of interest is that YouTube has been blocking some earlier posts of the video, as “potentially offensive” even though it’s hard to see what’s happening in the video.