Sunday, February 19, 2012

Another Black Youth Shot By The MET - To Taser Him Was NOT Enough They Had To ALSO Shoot Him !

Police shooting leaves man in critical condition

Police say man threatened officers with bladed weapon after callout to reports of attempted car break-in in south-east London

A man is in a critical condition after being shot by police in south-east London on Sunday, Scotland Yard said.

Police said armed officers were sent to Forest Hill after the man threatened police with "a large bladed weapon".

A Met police spokesman said the man was shot using a Taser and firearms. He is in a "critical but stable" condition at King's College hospital, south London.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is investigating. A spokesman said the man, in his early 20s, was originally from Ghana but now lives in Forest Hill.

"The IPCC have deployed its on-call team and has decided this incident should be investigated independently," the spokesman said.

IPCC commissioner Mike Franklin said it would examine the circumstances leading up to the shooting: "This young man is receiving medical attention and his condition is described as critical. His family have been informed."

Police said officers were called at around 5.40am on Sunday following reports from the public that a man was attempting to break into a car.

A Met spokesman said that when police arrived a man threatened them with a large bladed weapon. "The officers retreated and called for further units to assist including firearms officers. The man then approached officers threatening them with the weapon."

A police spokesman said "a number of knives" were found at the scene and added that officers were meeting the local community to ensure "they are aware of the facts of this incident".