Jimmy Ashley

Police shoot dead a naked unarmed man - but nobody is guilty

The Guardian, May 23 2001
with Nick Hopkins

A naked, unarmed man was shot dead by a police marksman during an early morning raid which was catastrophically flawed in both planning and execution, yet prosecutions against five officers involved have all failed, it emerged yesterday.

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Chief police officers in disarray over shooting incident

The Guardian, May 23 2001

The shooting of Jimmy Ashley provoked an extraordinary three-way punch up in which the neighbouring police forces of Sussex, Kent and Hampshire accused each other variously of incompetence, unprofessional behaviour, conspiracy and crime.

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How bad policy and bad practice led UK police to shoot 41 unarmed people

The Guardian, May 23 2001

If a man with two guns and 60 rounds of ammunition barges his way into a bedroom in the middle of the night, confronts the naked and defenceless occupant and then shoots him dead through the heart, he has surely committed a criminal offence - a murder which must land the gunman in prison for life. However, the uncomfortable reality is that if the man with the gun is a police officer, it is just...

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