Iceland grieves after police kill a man for the first time in its history
December 5, 2013
It was an unprecedented headline in Iceland this week — a man shot to death by police.
"The nation was in shock. This does not happen in our country," said Thora Arnorsdottir, news editor at RUV, the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service.
She was referring to a 59-year old man who was shot by police on Monday. The man, who started shooting at police when they entered his building, had a history of mental illness.
It’s the first time someone has been killed by armed police in Iceland since it became an independent republic in 1944. Police don’t even carry weapons, usually. Violent crime in Iceland is almost non-existent.
"The nation does not want its police force to carry weapons because it’s dangerous, it’s threatening," Arnorsdottir says. "It’s a part of the culture. Guns are used to go hunting as a sport, but you never see a gun."
In fact, Iceland isn’t anti-gun. In terms of per-capita gun ownership, Iceland ranks 15th in the world. Still, this incident was so rare that neighbors of the man shot were comparing the shooting to a scene from an American film.
The Icelandic police department said officers involved will go through grief counseling. And the police department has already apologized to the family of the man who died — though not necessarily because they did anything wrong.
"I think it’s respectful," Arnorsdottir says, “because no one wants to take another person’s life. “
There are still a number of questions to be answered, including why police didn’t first try to negotiate with man before entering his building.
"A part of the great thing of living in this country is that you can enter parliament and the only thing they ask you to do is to turn off your cellphone, so you don’t disturb the parliamentarians while they’re talking. We do not have armed guards following our prime minister or president. That’s a part of the great thing of living in a peaceful society. We do not want to change that. "
can you even imagine if the u.s. mourned people killed by police
like a real national outpouring
that moment of silence should last for years
The kind of gun culture I approve of.
This is so surreal to me I can’t even comprehend
Oh you’ve redecorated…
I don’t like it
i acknowledge that this house has had a renovation, but given that it’s a stupid-ass renovation, i’ve elected to ignore it.
dude, what the hell?
i don’t know?
no, seriously what the hell?!
i don’t know!!!!
DO U EVEN LIFT MR WAYNE
"Game of Thrones"
with makeup and without
So basically they are all just really gorgeous all the frickin time
"NO MUM GET OUT MY ROOM. NO. I KNOW THAT BOTTLE IS EMPTY. YES I KNOW. NOOO! PUT IT DOWN. PUT. IT. DOWN. I LIKE THAT BOTTLE THERE. I DON’T CARE THAT IT’S EMPTY. LEAVE MY ROOM PLEASE. NO STOP TOUCHING STUFF. OH MY GOD JUST LEEEAVVVVEEEEE."
what this scene tells me is that literally all Voldemort had to do was just switch out some of Neville’s plants to kill Harry
These two will kill me with feels. THESE DORKS WILL HAVE ME KILLED.
"So, Peg leg!"
i laughed too much
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things i need to do:
- clean my room
- get a college degree
- learn how to have healthy relationshipsthings i want to do:
things i actually am doing:
- play with puppies and kittens
- find someone cute to cuddle and make out with
- drive to the ocean
- taking subpar selfies
- running a semi successful blog
- listening to sad songs and watching too much netflix
I went to her house, she cooked an apple pie — she cooks really good shit man. She has a little Taylor guitar, she got it out and she was like, ‘I had this idea for this song and it goes ‘I just wanna know you better, know you better, know you better now’ ’ … and she pretty much had the verse, bridge and chorus done, but we argued about that one chord on the — ‘I just want to know you, better know you’ — that one chord she didn’t like that, and I kind of forced it upon her. It was quite a funny situation though. Cuz like…she has like…It’s like surrounded by Grammys; she has like seven or eight and like Billboard Awards and Songwriting Guild and stuff like that, And I’m like, ‘this chord,’ and she’s like [pointing to her awards].
WE´RE GONNA GET TO SEE HAWKEYE, ACTUAL HAWKEYE NOT BRAINWASHED HAWKEYE, HANGING OUT WITH THE AVENGERS BEING A LITTLE SHIT. HE´S GONNA BE SUCH A LITTLE SHIT.
My favorite exchange on twitter tbh
The best part of this scene is the visual gag that implies that Jackson is the dick. :)
3 years ago today, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 was released in cinemas
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