If they'd been killed by white people half of Handsworth would have been named after them by now. Instead they were forgotten.
In September last year the Birmingham Post finally told the story. Not pretty. When people like Harpy celebrate the riots they should know what arson and looting means.
Months after the tragedy, transcripts of the brothers’ calls for help were released.
At 8.58pm on September 9, the first dramatic plea was heard: “They are smashing their way in – they are going to kill us.”
Then at 9.36pm the final call came through: “Please come now, they are in the shop trying to kill us. Please...”
UPDATE - had to go to Brum today, stayed there late. As quiet as can be. Surprise surprise. There are a lot of very cross people just itching for someone to start something.
I keep hearing from the BBC and Guardian that repressive violence won't work, it only provokes the bad boys to worse deeds. It all seems to depend on the degree of repressive violence - faced with the prospect of Met Acting Commissioner Tim Godwin asking their parent(s? perhaps) to keep an eye on them, the London "community" went on a massive orgy of looting and arson. Faced with the prospect of being chased down by a crowd and beaten or stabbed to death, the yout' of Lozells, Handsworth and points east seem to have decided that a quiet night in front of the telly is better than a trip down the Soho Road this evening. As Machiavelli put it : "Men avenge slight injuries, not grave ones".