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On This Day 1985:Sleeping Boy Killed in Police Raid

Offbeat  (tags: Shooting, Police Raid, Child, Hostility, Guns, Birmingham )

- 1308 days ago -
A five-year-old boy has been shot dead in a police raid on his home in Birmingham.


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Maggie D (69)
Sunday August 23, 2015, 10:58 pm
WHAT A TRAGEDY! Is it really so hard to make sure of who you are shooting at before you start firing? Thanks, Ray, noted.

Animae C (507)
Monday August 24, 2015, 1:26 am
Sadly noted
T.Y. Ray

Teresa W (782)
Monday August 24, 2015, 1:31 am

Darren Woolsey (218)
Monday August 24, 2015, 2:00 am
In Context
Feelings in the area ran high after the shooting.

Hostility towards the police boiled over two days after John's death when a policewoman was dragged from her patrol car and beaten up by youths.

In 1986 the officer who shot John Shorthouse, PC Brian Chester, stood trial for manslaughter but was acquitted.

Following the Shorthouse case, West Midlands police abandoned its practice of training rank-and-file officers for firearms duties and formed a specialist squad.

In September 1985, a London woman, Cherry Groce, was shot and paralysed as police searched her home for her son.
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