Police identified the man who was chased down in a subway and shot to death by plainclothes officers as a Brazilian and said Saturday they no longer believed he was tied to the recent terror bombings.Yeah, well. No worries. The guy, who was unarmed, and had five rounds pumped into him at close range, while being held down by police officers? Not Muslim. Or Asian. So he's dead, but not as a result of racial profiling. Woo hoo.
Friday's shooting before horrified commuters prompted criticism of police for overreacting and expressions of fear that Asians and Muslims would be targeted by a "trigger-happy culture" after two well-coordinated attacks in two weeks.
Update: Now I understand how this could have happened:
Massoud Shadjareh of the Islamic Human Rights Commission said: "It doesn't matter if he was a Muslim or not. He was a human being who did not deserve to be assassinated."(via)
He said the killing was the result of British police officers being sent to Israel to receive training on how to prevent suicide bombings.
"This is a recipe for disaster. What sort of police are we going to end up with?" he said.