Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Which One of These is Not Like the Others?

a)Robert Dziekanski b)Frank Paul c)Ian Bush

Well, if you chose c) Ian Bush, you're correct. Give yourself one of those nice gold stars.
The strange case of Ian Bush's in custody death doesn't feature any video evidence to uh, confirm RCMP Constable Paul Koester's highly intriguing account of how he came to shoot Bush in the back of the head in self defense.

Although there should have been a video cam recording everything that happened, goshdarnit, for some reason the camera wasn't turned on during the crucial time. How hideously inconvenient. I'll bet Stetson'd heads have rolled over it, we just haven't had that briefing from the RCMP yet.

This case then, if nothing else, should have an effect on English usage, which until now has featured the phrase "shot in the back of the head - execution style."
So remember, that's now to be "shot in the back of the head -self-defense style." (I wonder if the style guides will publish new editions to cover this.)

Just ask the Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP, in whom we all have such confidence.

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