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Men with axes and spears charged in shootings

Miners charged with deaths of 34 killed by police

South Africa's National Prosecuting Authority says it is charging 270 arrested miners with the murders of 34 striking colleagues who were shot and killed by police officers.

The strange development -- which comes under an arcane Roman-Dutch common law -- seems to show that President Jacob Zuma's government is attempting to shift the blame for the killings from police to the striking miners. The killings shocked the nation and Thursday's news likely will inflame already angry South Africans.


Why not charge the person that woke them up in the morning? If they didn't wake them up, they wouldn't have been there to get shot.
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Even in America

If you create a dangerous situation in which others become hurt, even by actions of the police, you carry all the blame. For instance in NY, if the man who shot his former boss had survived, shot himself by police, which police also shot 9 other people, that perp would be charged based not just on the murder, but also guilty of all injuries to bystanders. I don't agree with that approach, but that's the way it is in recent laws.

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arcane Roman-Dutch common law is alive and well

and living in America?

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I think the rules change when there's a mob scene

and people's normal discipline turns into fear. At some point, the makers of the rules need to understand that changing the human natures of those in charge of keeping order is nothing they can expect to do. If a bunch of men were coming toward you with spears and machetes, how close would you let them get before spraying the air your Kalashnikov?

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I wouldn't waste those bullets

I might need all I had.

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