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(BBC)   News: Police kill man shooting a shotgun inside his apartment, after he wounds two officers. Fark: This is the first time police in Iceland have killed someone. Ever   (bbc.co.uk) divider line 94
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2013-12-02 02:32:12 PM
Well, that's one way to get yourself into the record books.
 
2013-12-02 02:35:09 PM
America creep.
 
2013-12-02 02:35:42 PM
With a population of just 320,000 and spread out all over the island, their "big cities" are what Lexington, KY was in the 1970s!  Also, with such a low pop., there's just no place to hide from the cops - they get through "3 degrees of separation" and they've hit everyone!
 
2013-12-02 02:36:03 PM
Spent 9 days in Iceland, driving around the entire island, this past spring.  It was wonderful and at no point did I ever feel unsafe.  A really lovely place.
 
2013-12-02 02:36:05 PM
Sorry Iceland, but now your cops have a taste for it.  It is all downhill from here...
 
2013-12-02 02:37:58 PM
Well the Gracchi brothers told me it's going to get worse from here.
 
2013-12-02 02:38:21 PM
Was it an American ex-pat renting the apartment?
 
2013-12-02 02:38:34 PM
They weren't trained for that level of violence...
 
2013-12-02 02:38:58 PM
All that ice, it finally got to him.
 
2013-12-02 02:39:05 PM
That's like an infinity increase in one year!  It's rate increase is worse than Somalia!  I knew punishing the bankers would end up in chaos.
 
2013-12-02 02:40:27 PM

AngryDragon: That's like an infinity increase in one year!  It's rate increase is worse than Somalia!  I knew punishing the bankers would end up in chaos.


imgs.xkcd.com
 
2013-12-02 02:40:42 PM
FTFA: "Police regret this incident and would like to extend their condolences to the family of the man," Icelandic police chief Haraldur Johannessen told reporters.

Nice job, chief.  Apologies open the door for liability and lawsuits, and also questions your officers' confidence, opening the door to overreaching unions.  Welcome to New America.
 
2013-12-02 02:42:53 PM
Dammit, now I have to reset the counter...

"Days since last police shooting in Iceland: 0"
 
2013-12-02 02:43:57 PM

indy_kid: With a population of just 320,000 and spread out all over the island, their "big cities" are what Lexington, KY was in the 1970s!  Also, with such a low pop., there's just no place to hide from the cops - they get through "3 degrees of separation" and they've hit everyone!


Except that police in small towns of North America also kill people relatively often.
 
2013-12-02 02:44:14 PM

indy_kid: Also, with such a low pop., there's just no place to hide from the cops - they get through "3 degrees of separation" and they've hit everyone!


In more ways than one!  There's an app for Iceland that helps prevent incest because your date is a liiiiitle too closely related.  :D
 
2013-12-02 02:45:19 PM
It's not the guns you have to watch out for, it's the icicles and boredom. Looks like a hellish place, and I'm from Buffalo!
 
2013-12-02 02:47:03 PM
Interestingly, the penalty for murder in Iceland is only a few years in jail. The idea of putting someone away for the rest of their life, let alone capital punishment is an entirely foreign concept to them.
 
2013-12-02 02:48:14 PM
"Police regret this incident and would like to extend their condolences to the family of the man," Icelandic police chief Haraldur Johannessen told reporters.

Damn it, Europe*. Stop rubbing it in.
 
2013-12-02 02:49:16 PM
Playing Duck Hunt with a real shotgun can get you killed.
 
2013-12-02 02:49:49 PM
The United States could learn something from these people.

FTA

Crimes in Iceland - when they occur - usually do not involve firearms, though Icelanders own plenty of guns.  GunPolicy.org estimates there are approximately 90,000 guns in the country - in a country with just over 300,000 people.

The country ranks 15th in the world in terms of legal per capita gun ownership.

In addition, there are, comparatively speaking, few hard drugs in Iceland.

When drugs seemed to be a burgeoning issue in the country, the parliament established a separate drug police and drug court. That was in 1973.  In the first 10 years of the court, roughly 90% of all cases were settled with a fine.
 
2013-12-02 02:51:51 PM
Did anyone RTFA?  Because that's not what it says, at all.  It says this type of incident was without precedent (and I doubt the guy even looked it up), not that the police had never shot or killed anyone.
 
2013-12-02 02:53:52 PM
And the darkness. It has just begun.
 
2013-12-02 02:54:18 PM
Since the cops are probably closely related to the deceased we could classify the whole incident as family violence.
 
2013-12-02 02:56:02 PM

indy_kid: With a population of just 320,000 and spread out all over the island, their "big cities" are what Lexington, KY was in the 1970s!  Also, with such a low pop., there's just no place to hide from the cops - they get through "3 degrees of separation" and they've hit everyone!


ok, so how many people had the police shot in lexington kentucky before 1970?
 
2013-12-02 02:56:04 PM

KAVORKA: Did anyone RTFA?  Because that's not what it says, at all.  It says this type of incident was without precedent (and I doubt the guy even looked it up), not that the police had never shot or killed anyone.


You obviously didn't RTFA.

FTFA:

"It is the first time someone has been killed in an armed police operation in Iceland, officials say."
 
2013-12-02 03:00:20 PM
FTA: "Counselling is being provided to the special forces team."

I am now envious of Icelanders. I wish our police had the courage to show that much restraint and compassion.
 
2013-12-02 03:01:55 PM

TwoBeersOneCan: KAVORKA: Did anyone RTFA?  Because that's not what it says, at all.  It says this type of incident was without precedent (and I doubt the guy even looked it up), not that the police had never shot or killed anyone.

You obviously didn't RTFA.

FTFA:

"It is the first time someone has been killed in an armed police operation in Iceland, officials say."


Yeah but that is bullshiat, because the cops in Iceland normally run people over with Mooses to kill them. And then rape them.
 
2013-12-02 03:03:26 PM

Shryke: TwoBeersOneCan: KAVORKA: Did anyone RTFA?  Because that's not what it says, at all.  It says this type of incident was without precedent (and I doubt the guy even looked it up), not that the police had never shot or killed anyone.

You obviously didn't RTFA.

FTFA:

"It is the first time someone has been killed in an armed police operation in Iceland, officials say."

Yeah but that is bullshiat, because the cops in Iceland normally run people over with Mooses to kill them. And then rape them.


It's way more effective than shooting, to be honest.  Moose bites can be nasty.
 
2013-12-02 03:03:27 PM

Zeb Hesselgresser: When drugs seemed to be a burgeoning issue in the country, the parliament established a separate drug police and drug court. That was in 1973.  In the first 10 years of the court, roughly 90% of all cases were settled with a fine.


How, exactly, does their prison industry remain in business?
 
2013-12-02 03:04:10 PM
Bjork reportedly inconsolable indecipherable.
 
2013-12-02 03:04:26 PM

TwoBeersOneCan: KAVORKA: Did anyone RTFA?  Because that's not what it says, at all.  It says this type of incident was without precedent (and I doubt the guy even looked it up), not that the police had never shot or killed anyone.

You obviously didn't RTFA.

FTFA:

"It is the first time someone has been killed in an armed police operation in Iceland, officials say."


ARMED POLICE OPERATION.  What about a guy robbing a bank or beating his spouse and 1-2 cops show up.  That's not an "armed police operation."  There could have been lots of police killings in the past that don't qualify as "armed police operation."
 
2013-12-02 03:05:31 PM

Dimensio: How, exactly, does their prison industry remain in business?


Literally everyone in the country spend the night in the drunk tank, every night.
 
2013-12-02 03:07:12 PM
I would guess that some Viking cop in the past hundreds of years killed a perp. They just forgot to write it down.
 
2013-12-02 03:07:26 PM

TwoBeersOneCan: "It is the first time someone has been killed in an armed police operation in Iceland, officials say."


Sure, but now they've got a taste for human blood & flesh.
 
2013-12-02 03:08:45 PM

KAVORKA: ARMED POLICE OPERATION. What about a guy robbing a bank or beating his spouse and 1-2 cops show up. That's not an "armed police operation." There could have been lots of police killings in the past that don't qualify as "armed police operation."


I suppose you COULD link to all these vents to COULD have happened, right.
 
2013-12-02 03:08:59 PM

HAMMERTOE: TwoBeersOneCan: "It is the first time someone has been killed in an armed police operation in Iceland, officials say."

Sure, but now they've got a taste for human blood & flesh.


Oh please, it is not like human blood and flesh taste good. Of all the pigs I've eaten long pig was the worst.
 
2013-12-02 03:09:18 PM

KAVORKA: TwoBeersOneCan: KAVORKA: Did anyone RTFA?  Because that's not what it says, at all.  It says this type of incident was without precedent (and I doubt the guy even looked it up), not that the police had never shot or killed anyone.

You obviously didn't RTFA.

FTFA:

"It is the first time someone has been killed in an armed police operation in Iceland, officials say."

ARMED POLICE OPERATION.  What about a guy robbing a bank or beating his spouse and 1-2 cops show up.  That's not an "armed police operation."  There could have been lots of police killings in the past that don't qualify as "armed police operation."


Another article puts it this way:

A gunman has died of his wounds after a shootout with police in a suburb of Reykjavík on Monday morning, reportedly becoming the first person in Iceland to be killed by a bullet shot by a police officer.
 
2013-12-02 03:09:27 PM

KAVORKA: TwoBeersOneCan: KAVORKA: Did anyone RTFA?  Because that's not what it says, at all.  It says this type of incident was without precedent (and I doubt the guy even looked it up), not that the police had never shot or killed anyone.

You obviously didn't RTFA.

FTFA:

"It is the first time someone has been killed in an armed police operation in Iceland, officials say."

ARMED POLICE OPERATION.  What about a guy robbing a bank or beating his spouse and 1-2 cops show up.  That's not an "armed police operation."  There could have been lots of police killings in the past that don't qualify as "armed police operation."


One of the sub headlines when one posts it is "Iceland police regret first killing."  Why you mad?
 
2013-12-02 03:11:05 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2013-12-02 03:11:32 PM

odinsposse: KAVORKA: TwoBeersOneCan: KAVORKA: Did anyone RTFA?  Because that's not what it says, at all.  It says this type of incident was without precedent (and I doubt the guy even looked it up), not that the police had never shot or killed anyone.

You obviously didn't RTFA.

FTFA:

"It is the first time someone has been killed in an armed police operation in Iceland, officials say."

ARMED POLICE OPERATION.  What about a guy robbing a bank or beating his spouse and 1-2 cops show up.  That's not an "armed police operation."  There could have been lots of police killings in the past that don't qualify as "armed police operation."

Another article puts it this way:

A gunman has died of his wounds after a shootout with police in a suburb of Reykjavík on Monday morning, reportedly becoming the first person in Iceland to be killed by a bullet shot by a police officer.


Well that just about wraps it up!
 
2013-12-02 03:11:46 PM
the viking police are the ones with the guns? awesome!

/ makes sense, viking = attacker
// the only reason those scandinavians are called vikings nowadays is because they were so frequently the attackers. until that french bastard came into england, and changed the language from english to whatever the fark it is today.  so viking just stuck, since that word was glued into the context of scandinavians by starting a whole new language.  or something, just watching the germans bomb pearl harbor
 
2013-12-02 03:12:01 PM
Did they put his body on green?
 
2013-12-02 03:12:23 PM

Satanic_Hamster: KAVORKA: ARMED POLICE OPERATION. What about a guy robbing a bank or beating his spouse and 1-2 cops show up. That's not an "armed police operation." There could have been lots of police killings in the past that don't qualify as "armed police operation."

I suppose you COULD link to all these vents to COULD have happened, right.


Ah shiat, my grammar!  That's what I get when I type while talking on the phone...
 
2013-12-02 03:12:59 PM
"It is the first time someone has been killed in an armed police operation in Iceland, officials say."

They must not have video games in Iceland, otherwise there would be a lot more violence.
 
2013-12-02 03:15:38 PM
It's Iceland; the people are democratic vikings.  These kinds of problems aren't usually solved by police there, but by a hundred years of vendetta killings that aren't settled until either an entire family is burned alive in its house or restitution in the form of some duodecimally based number of milk cows paid at the next year's Althing and a marriage between the involved families takes place, although the marriages just seem to cause more problems down the road.
 
2013-12-02 03:17:36 PM
Double down, KAVORKA.  It's the only way out of this.  Trust me.
 
2013-12-02 03:20:21 PM

Zeb Hesselgresser: The United States could learn something from these people.


Bring our population down to less then 400,000 most of which is anglo?

I guess that might work.
 
2013-12-02 03:20:54 PM
Dinsdale?
 
2013-12-02 03:25:22 PM
My Mother always said, shooting is an outdoor sport. She also said that about smoking, bag-pipe playing, and hockey.

But seriously, a number of questions unanswered:

When did he begin shooting and why? Was he pulling an Elvis and shooting out the TV because the Eurovision Contest annoyed him? Was he target-shooting? Did he have a clay pigeon machine?

Is this a suicide by police or a drunken crack-addled episode gone wrong?

Iceland ranks 7th in quality of life (The Economist) and 42 on the Suicide Index, which is better than Canada (40) or the United States (33) or the UK (37).

Number one: Greenland, which is a lot like Iceland in some ways, although far less homogeneous and even further North.

Mind you, Canada, Denmark and Iceland are very close--men are less likely to commit suicide in Canada and Denmark, women more likely than Iceland. This probably reflects the economic situation of both countries or possibly the status of women, since Iceland is number one in rankings of gender equality.

Living on an island, even a large island, seems to be good for your health and even mental health. It makes you feel you're all in things together (as Red Green would put it) and it may protect against some forms of stress by protecting you against worries about the great wide world (countries like Canada, Brazil, the USA, Russia, China, etc., are so big that the world's problems are your problems because you are nearly continents all by yourselves).
 
2013-12-02 03:26:54 PM

Relatively Obscure: Double down, KAVORKA.  It's the only way out of this.  Trust me.


Ha ha!  I agree.  The police stabbings gambit is still in play.
 
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