SNP Deputy Leader backs ‘Shoot-to-kill’

Stewart Hosie. Photo courtesy of Cicero Group/Flickr

Stewart Hosie. Photo courtesy of Cicero Group/Flickr

The SNP Deputy Leader has given his backing to a ‘shoot-to-kill’ policy.

Stewart Hosie has said that he stands by the right of the police to ‘shoot-to-kill’ if someone was posing a “real and immediate risk” to life.

As news filtered through that at least two people had died during a police raid in the Paris suburb of Saint Denis, Mr Hosie told the Good Morning Scotland programme:

“If a terrorist runs down Sauchiehall Street, God forbid, or Whitehall with a Kalashnikov and a police officer has a split-second decision to make, then the choice in terms of public safety is very clear.

“I think if someone is posing a real and immediate risk to the lives of many hundreds or thousands of people then of course one has to trust the police to take the necessary action.”

He added:

“We have seen the news reports from Saint Denis this morning. These people won’t be arrested. One of the people who was subject to the police investigations this morning blew herself up with a suicide belt apparently.

“There is no negotiating with someone who has a suicide belt strapped to them, who is prepared to fire hundreds of rounds at civilians with a machine gun.

“Split second decisions require to be made and we all hope they are the right ones but I certainly would trust the police in those circumstances.”

This morning police raided a flat in Saint Denis leaving two people dead after a woman detonated a suicide belt. The raid involved gunfire and explosions as armed police searched for the suspects of Friday’s attacks.

Callum Steele of the Scottish Police Federation condemned such discussion saying that it “raises tensions and brings additional and unnecessary emotion into what is by any measure a difficult topic.

“Fewer than 2% of the police service in Scotland is routinely armed. They are highly skilled, highly trained and we should allow them to use their professional judgement without interference from politicians.”

This week Jeremy Corbyn announced that he would not be happy with a ‘shoot-to-kill’ policy if terrorists threatened the UK. The Labour leader has since been criticised by his own MPs.

These comments follow the Paris terrorist attack which claimed the lives of almost 130 people. Earlier today French President Francois Hollande repeated his claim that his country’s at war with Islamic State which is also know as Daesh.

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