Travelling in London? Carrying a rucksack? Wearing some sort of jacket or overgarment? Wires from your mobile phone or music-machine of choice protruding from your clothing?
If so, you better watch out because you, yes you reading this, are now fair game for the trigger happy enforcers.
If you're off-white, doubly so.
"Met Police chief Sir Ian Blair has apologised to the family of the Brazilian man shot dead by police in south London on Friday.One innocent death at the hands of his forces is obviously not enough for Sir Ian and his boys who have been itching to get all tooled-up since the days of the IRA (and even the IRA didn't swing it in their favour), so we have all been warned to expect more innocent people being shot as the Metropolitan Police ease us closer to their Utopic vision of an armed police force.
He said the death of Jean Charles de Menezes was a 'tragedy', but admitted more people could be shot as police hunt suspected suicide bombers."Source: BBC News
Those outside London needn't worry or feel left out if their local forces aren't waving shiny new guns around just yet as armed police will be in a neighbourhood near you soon.
The Antagonist wonders quite when the sound of the Metropolitan Police Commissioner announcing that innocents will be readily shot by armed police irrespective of guilt, evidence, or valid suspicion might cause any degree of consternation among the general public.
What if a plain-clothes officer who, as The Antagonist understands it, isn't required to identify themselves as such, points a gun at your head and starts barking orders? Do you assume that it's an enforcer of 'the law', or do your survival instincts take over in the only fight-or-flight manner the reptilian brain that keeps you alive knows?
The shooting at point-blank range of Jean Charles de Menezes, an innocent man who became the first victim of weeks of mindless panic, hysteria and confusion, will be remembered for ever as the day that British government enforcers printed themselves a license to shoot anyone they like, any time they like, guilty, innocent, or otherwise.
As Ian Blair trots out the standard apology that makes amends for nothing a la, "Our quick-witted officers thought it was a terrorist so it's ok", commuters in London might want to consider investing in bulletproof clothing and some serious head protection because, now, it doesn't matter whether you are guilty of anything or not, you too can be shot dead by the police and, perhaps, questions will be asked later.