Simpolitics: Above and Beyond the Law? No Justice for Haroon Jahan!

You'll have read many sensationalist headlines this week, most of which follow guidelines of how to regularly break bad news without turning the nation into psychotics and reclusive nervous wrecks. Rolf Harris is next in a string of media personalities to take to the stand and face allegations of sex abuse, Nigel Farage is still an exceptional pillock, and one of an endless line to come and go, and over what will no doubt be recognised as Halalgate in future, Britain is trying to save its own bacon, in the most bigoted fashion possible.

It's disappointing to know that people are more insulted by the ethnic diversity/ethics/practices of a corporate sandwich chain store than they are at the news of greater human injustices happening right outside their front doors. Granted, you may see particular slaughter methods of animals as barbaric, but then if you eat meat and especially if you eat out regularly, I bet you're otherwise blissfully ignorant to the barbaric nature of supply and demand. In regards to Halalgate, all I see is public outrage in the knowledge that less pigs will suffer for the sake of customer satisfaction. The pigs that ought to be suffering, in fact, belong to the story of one-time public hero and grieving father Tariq Jahan!

Tariq Jahan after the murder of son Haroon Jahan during Birmingham riot of 2011

You may know his story. It should sound familiar, at least. During the riots of summer 2011, Tariq came forward to appeal to the better natures of the people of Birmingham, successfully quelling public unrest during that dangerous time. His words helped, not only to cool the situation there, but also across the nation. How did he manage that? What was unique about this man?

Mr Jahan made that speech only hours after the killing of his twenty-year-old son Haroon-along with two older brothers Shazad Ali, 30, and Abdul Musavir, 31. All three were run down by a car travelling at high speed, while out late protecting community properties from damage and looting. After the incident, with the police clearly struggling to control the situation, factions of the community began calling out for revenge. It was about to get seriously ugly.

What had actually started these riots was the protesting of the police shooting of Tottenham civilian Mark Duggan, the protests having turned violent as a result of aggressive and heavy handed police tactics. By the time the riots had claimed the lives of Haroon, Shazad and Abdul, they were in danger of leading to overt racial conflict. If Tariq Jahan hadn't found the courage to stand up and prevent what could have become a race war, some of you may not be here today!

Three young men killed protecting their community during the riots sparked by the police shooting of Tottenham man Mark Duggan

The police investigation into the deaths of those three led to the arrests of eight men. Tariq was hailed a hero, praised by everyone from the local councils to the government. But after months of evidence accusing members of those arrested, it appeared that deals had been doled out to key witnesses-from the beginning-in exchange for information, effectively granting them all immunity from prosecution. Even though the senior investigating officer, DCI Anthony Tagg, was accused of lying under oath, Haroon's killers could not be convicted and the trial ended.

Now the recently released IPCC report into that particular police investigation states that DCI Tagg was cleared of any wrong doing. In fact, all responsibility for the immunity deals, immediately handed out in the aftermath of the deaths, are now layed upon another officer, Khalid Kiyani, who would have been charged with "Gross Misconduct" if he hadn't since retired from the force. Not resigned, retired!

The other investigating officers seem to have been excused from the report, despite being present at the time the immunity deals were made, making the IPCC's report come across as pretty sketchy, to say the least. If anything, it stinks of people wanting to make their own jobs easier, regardless of the outcome.

If the Met or the IPCC wanted a scapegoat or a red herring to take the pressure off them, in that instance, they did a hell of a job making sure it wasn't a white guy. They just did a terrible job of convincing the public that this incident was not worth punishing those responsible. Granted, if the report had concluded that the police officers investigating these deaths had played the system to save their own skins, rather than accept the consequences of their actions, there might have been worse rioting. The thing to remember about the riots of 2011 was that, even though police actions had ignited and then fuelled public contempt, for the most part, it was the innocent majority of the public that suffered injustices as a result.

Forgotten 2011 Pride of Britain award winner Tariq Jahan who prevented a race war in Birmingham and across the nation
Tariq Jahan, forgotten Pride of Britain
Today, Tariq Jahan tries to speak to all those local councillors and members of parliament, and if their excuse isn't that they're too busy, excuse me... PUT IT IN YOUR FUCKING DIARY!!! ...then they don't tend to remember the man they each personally hailed a hero, or his son, or his friends. Shazid Ali left behind a pregnant newly wed wife. It's all a shameful disgrace and it deserves to be recognised. What's more is that Haroon and his friends ought to be recognised as heroes for trying to protect their community. The nature of their deaths proves that they weren't aggressors but the victims of a cowardly act.

There is a clear culture, in the practices of the Metropolitan Police Service, of appealing to the better natures of bad people. The rules only keep good people in line. Those that take it upon themselves to protect themselves are often lumped into the same pigeon-hole as those that break the law for personal gain. There is a difference, and when Tariq's son and his friends stepped out into the night to protect what was theirs, in the absence of law and order, not only did they pay for it with their lives, they paid for it with their reputations. So did their loved ones, and so has any one of us with a conscience.

Why should criminals be immune from prosecution in the event of extreme crimes? To save prison space or to save face? Why can immunity not be revoked in the event of crimes such as murder? To protect people the law doesn't apply to? In this case, yes. The bomb I really want to drop is the implication of how immunity can be granted, if it really must be, without a thorough investigation and the presence and the approval of a judge to begin with. How many other people are walking free with blood on their hands that we don't know about thanks to this huge flaw in the justice system?

Why can public servants act and be treated as above or beyond the law in the event that the justice system, paid by the taxpayer for the taxpayer, has clearly been played? The events and outcome of these investigations send out a clear message to the innocent and the guilty, and to those thinking that the grass looks so much greener on the other side.


In the event that Tariq Jahan lost his son, he lost faith and trust not only in justice, but in this country that sensationalises hatred towards Muslims and Jews for the sake of a fucking sandwich!

Transcript of Tariq Jahad's 2011 public television speech pleaing for peace and law and order

All he wanted was closure, and to feel that he and his community were safe enough to move on. Now that the police and the government have proved unwilling to return his heroic gesture of good faith, his deceased son and those other casualties, they've been insulted, abused and left exposed to the lawless. After all, why would they ever trust the law again? Faith in humanity revoked!

Thank you for reading and feel free to leave a comment below.

-Dan Ashley

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