Shoot to kill

Police accountability, firearms and fatal force

Maurice Punch

Shoot to kill

Maurice Punch

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

264 pages
Cloth $85.00 ISBN: 9781847424730 Published November 2010 For sale in North and South America only
The shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes at Stockwell underground station in 2005 raised acute issues about operational practice, legitimacy, accountability and policy making regarding police use of fatal force. It dramatically exposed a policy, referred to popularly as 'shoot to kill', which came not from Parliament but from the non-statutory ACPO (Association of Chief Police Officers). This vital and timely book unravels these often misunderstood matters with a fresh look at firearms practice and policy in a traditionally 'unarmed' police service. It is essential reading for all those interested in the state's role in defining coercion and in policing a democracy.
Contents
Part One: State-sanctioned killings
Use of fatal force by the state in the UK
International state and state agency deviance
Part Two: Dilemmas for the state arising from The Troubles in Northern Ireland
The slippery slope
Rough justice and dirty tricks
Part Three: Covert policy and evasion of accountability
Conclusion
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