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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. "
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I want to register for the Hot Chocolate Run (5k, not 15k) in San Francisco in January. You get some fly-ass swag with it and I feel like I need to get some races under my belt before my half-marathon, just so that’s not my first time at the starting line. The only problem is I only have like 2 friends here and I don’t think either of them would do it with me.
Anyone in the Bay Area who would want to run this with me?? It’s January 12. Also I’m 100% serious. Please?
Guhhhh so tired. I didn’t sleep well at all last night…I had a weird stomach pain when I went to bed, and then woke up in the middle of the night with the same pain, which kept me up for almost an hour. And then I had to get up extra early bc I had a phone call scheduled in EST. Now I’m going to take a nap because I can’t do anything else until I get some sleep.
Argh. After such a great weekend, this Monday has been killer. I have my grumpy pants on so good. At this point, I can’t even think straight.
I’m going to go for a run around the lake and stop at whole foods on my way home, when my brain will hopefully be clearer. I need to pack my little backpack so I have my wallet and a shopping bag for groceries.
Okay here are my thoughts and plans. Under the cut because numbers and some specifics.
Well I crossed some things off of my work to-do list, I cleaned my apartment, I did laundry, and I put on sweatpants. Feeling significantly less grumpy. And now I’m going to make dinner and watch Parks & Rec on Netflix and I’m pretty sure my grumpiness will be cured.
I have my grumpy pants on so tight today.