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PC David Rathband you legend: Raoul Moat victim’s brave suicide

by | 1st, March 2012

DAVID Rathband has, apparently, killed himself at his home on Blyth, Northumberland. The policeman shot in the face and blinded by half-French murderer ,   Facebook legend ,  dick-head  magnet and media hero Raoul Moat who was Tasered (to death?) by the police has hanged himself. Has Moat killed from beyond the grave again?

The media reacts:

The Sun (front page): “MOAT COP ‘SUICIDE’ Blinded Rathband found dead at home”

It is the “torment of tragic hero “.

Hero? PC Rathband was shot in the face by a nutter the media loved. Does that make him a hero? What is heroic about being shot in the face by a fugitive?

David Rathband wrote a book about his ordeal. Tango 190 was serialised this week in The Sun :

Just as I headed out I got stopped by my neighbour, Jim, who said: “Have you heard about the shooting?” I had but little did I realise that I’d never see Jim again…

He said: “Have you seen who they are looking for on that murder? It’s Moat.” I couldn’t believe it. A chill ran down my spine. We had previous…

I’d taken an instant dislike to Moat but that was copper’s instinct. I felt uncomfortable with him in a way that I have previously only ever felt with one other member of the public, who just happened to be a psychotic schizophrenic. Moat had a massive, steroid-enhanced body that took up two seats in the car, with his little round head and bulging eyes…

Now I wish I had never set eyes on him but I would take his car off him again tomorrow, because that’s the kind of policeman I am…

…At around 4.50pm my colleague Chris Dodds and I were given a job to head out to The Keelman pub near Newburn Leisure Centre. The caller had been drinking with Moat all day.

“This sounds like a bloody crock of s**t, this does. Why are we going down? We’re bloody traffic cops and we’re not armed,” I said to Chris. Nevertheless we agreed to go — but it quickly turned out to be a hoax.

He seemed to blame the police:

…I know now that we were looking for the wrong car. We’d been told to look for a blue BMW but he was driving a black Lexus. Wrong vehicle and, for me, wrong set of senses tuned in. I had seen that black Lexus drive round the roundabout where I was stationary but not really clocked the fact that it had one of those dodgy exhausts which automatically draws attention to itself…

Moat had taken full advantage of the bad info out there. Once he had spotted me, he had his target.

..In the car I had decided to give it until a quarter to one and then call it a night. I’d had a sneaky fag inside the car and waved to a passing paramedic…

There was a metallic tink on the glass. It was such an unusual sound but one that will stay with me for ever…

There was a white flash of light from the barrel and that was the last thing I saw. My lights went out, I would never see true daylight again.

Hideous. An unarmed man shot by a known armed villain.

In  The Independent  the nodding heads wade in:

Prime Minister David Cameron, who had met the officer, today described him as an “extraordinarily brave man” who did “an enormous amount for charity”.

He did a lot for charity after being blinded. But is suicided, as it appears, an act of extraordinary bravery? Most often, suicide is said to be the coward’s way out, an act that is against nature and god.

Home Secretary Theresa May also paid tribute to Rathband saying, “I had the privilege of meeting Pc David Rathband. He was a brave and fine policeman. My thoughts are with his family.”

Yvette Cooper, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, said:

“This is deeply sad news of the loss of a very brave police officer. PC Rathband showed extraordinary bravery and determination both during the horrific events in the summer of 2010, and afterwards in overcoming the attack to set up his charity to help others.”

Brave? Suicide is brave? Being shot in the face and living is extraordinary. Pc Rathband was an ordinary bloke in an extraordinary situation not of his making. He appears to have killed himself. Why is that brave? Up until the The Suicide Act 1961, suicide

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