Air Marshals Shoot and Kill Passenger in Bomb ThreatThis is deeply disturbing. I haven't read any bloggers about it yet, I just wanted to post it as soon as I heard.
MIAMI, Dec. 7 - Federal air marshals shot and killed a passenger at Miami International Airport on Wednesday after the man claimed he had a bomb in his backpack and ran from an aircraft, officials said.
The incident - the first case of an air marshal opening fire since marshals became a common presence on flights after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 - prompted dozens of heavily armed police officers to surround the plane.
Luggage from the flight was laid out on the runway, and at least two bags were exploded by a bomb squad.
But the man, Rigoberto Alpizar, an American citizen from Maitland, Fla., was found to have no bomb. One passenger on the flight told a local television station that Mr. Alpizar's wife had tried to follow her husband as he ran off the plane, saying he was mentally ill and had not taken his medication. [emphasis mine]
Law enforcement officials refused to answer questions about Mr. Alpizar's mental state or his wife. [New York Times story here.]
Any difference between this and the Brazilian man who was killed by "police" in the London metro in July, or the four gentle souls who will be executed by their captors in Iraq?
Why should this happen?