Police shoot innocent man by mistake

Another challenge to the (pro ID card) idea that the innocent have nothing to fear: the shooting of Robert Tolan in President Bush’s home state of Texas.

Mr Tolan was shot on his own driveway, having driven home in his own car. Driving an SUV and going to the burger bar in the middle of the night may not be admirable lifestyle choices, but they are hardly capital offences; especially not, one imagines, in Texas.

It should not make a difference that Robert Tolan is young and black. But unsurprisingly, his outraged family think it may have affected the police’s false belief that the car was stolen. Mistakes get made here too, and even with mature clergymen. Bishop John Sentamu was stopped six times in eight years by the police during his time as Bishop of Stepney. At least nobody shot him.


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