The shooting of Mohammed Yassar Yaqub on the M62 near Huddersfield is another example of a police “hard stop” — similar to the killing of Mark Duggan by the Metropolitan Police.
The killing was the outcome of a “planned police operation.” Yaqub was shot three times through the windscreen of his car. Subsequently the police announced that a non-police issue firearm was found. No shots were fired at police, there was no suggestion that anyone stopped alongside Yaqub or attempted to attack the police. Several other arrests have been made across West Yorkshire as part of the operation.
A vigil was held in Huddersfield after a demonstration in Bradford saw roads blocked by police. Yaqub had been previously tried for firearms offences and attempted murder several years ago but the police are yet to release any further details of the operation. Press reports of the shooting, quoting “anonymous neighbours” about Yaqub — that he was a drug dealer etc. — only justify the police actions.
There is nothing to suggest he posed any immediate danger. Yaqub’s death is more of a summary execution than a routine police operation.