Police shot and killed a 15 year old boy carrying knives at a Northcoate Skate Park in Melbourne on Thursday night.
Initial reports were sketchy, but according to the MSN (Mainstream Media), police had attempted to subdue 15 year old Tyler Cassidy with capsicum spray, and then pursued him to the Skate Park where four officers cornered the boy and from 10 to 15 metres away fired six shots into his chest, killing him. As could be predicted, there was an immediate outcry in the MSN (Mainstream Media) about trigger happy, heavy handed police brutality.
Two days later, the MSN have “Updated” the original reports, editing out any outcry about trigger happy police and instead replacing it with new information portraying the boy a “neo-Nazi,” “white supremacist,” “racist,” “gang” member of Southern Cross Soldiers. The MSN then proceeded with a virtual trial by media, finding the boy guilty of being a “white supremacist” and sentencing him to death – post mortem.
What the MSN failed to tell you was that Tyler Cassidy was a scrawny kid who got the crap belted out of him regularly by ethnic gangs and had joined SCS for the comradeship and self defence. In his own words he loved Australia more than anything.
The police knew precisely who Tyler was that night. They knew his family and more important still, they knew and disapproved of his developing political beliefs.
In a state where the Attorney General has just announced that he will be passing laws legalising racial and sexual discrimination against White males, Tyler was a non-entity. A cipher that the government and police would prefer to wipe out of existence. And that is precisely what the police did.
Not knowing the entire circumstances, we are left to wait for the coroner’s report. However, what is immediately obvious is that backed into a corner and surrounded by police – who remained at a distance of 10 to 15 metres, Tyler was more of a visual threat with his two kitchen knives, than he was an actual threat.
According to the police they ordered him to drop the knives and fired one warning shot into the air. When Tyler refused, three of the officers shot him six times in the chest. There were no further attempts to try and subdue him with capsicum spray. Their reasoning is that the first two attempts to subdue Tyler with capsicum spray failed so more would be a waste. What people fail to realise is that capsicum spray has two effects on people, depending on their emotional state at the time. If they don’t lie down crying in pain, they fight back harder and wilder than before being sprayed. Whether this contributed to Tyler’s state of mind, I can not say, but those same officers did have the opportunity to use capsicum spray again and refused. Perhaps another four doses of capsicum spray would have left temporarily blind and choking, but he would have been alive.
The last and most important thing is that the police failing to subdue Tyler with threats, made the conscious decision to kill the boy. One round would have been enough to subdue Tyler, and he may still be alive today, but the fact is that the police had what they consider to be a menace to their multi-cultural society in their sites and they saw it as an opportunity wipe out that menace and set an example for other youth and young men. The unspoken lesson we are supposed to take in is that if you buck the system, the system will get you – no matter what it takes.
Yet, we should also consider other aspects that the police were in full cognisance of. Tyler was not an Aboriginal or Muslim, so there would be no aftermath of race riots and protests around the country. Tyler Cassidy was a White boy and the police could rely on the media portraying him as a dangerous White supremacist. There would be no public outcry from the greater community about his death. There would be no legal repercussions for the police involved in his death and a grateful government would likely honour them for a job well done.
Tyler’s death was opportunistic government sanctioned execution, and is only a foretaste of what is coming.
Tyler’s MySpace page can be found at http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewProfile&friendID=425089341