The Metropolitan Police Service…
…working to make London the safest major city in the world…by shooting innocent people in the head and body…eight times. According to this story, the poor Brazilian man, Jean Charles De Menezes, was shot dead for behaving like most commuters and because the Metropolitan Police Service mistook him for Hussain Osman, one of the terrorist suspects. Now that doesn’t sound that horrible, but the story also gives us the following tidbits of information
- de Menezes was not wearing a “bulky winter jacket” but a denim jacket.
- de Menezes was not behaving in a strange manner (at one point he picked up a free newspaper)
- de Menezes ran only when a train pulled upto the plateform…i.e. he was running to catch a train…like a regular commuter.
- de Menezes did not jump any barriers.
- de Menezes was not challenged by police in the station.
- de Menezes was not carrying any bags.
- And most damning of all, de Menezes was shot in the head seven times while restrained by at least one Met police officer.
However, a member of the surveillance team has said in a witness statement: ”I heard shouting which included the word ‘police’ and turned to face the male in the denim jacket. He immediately stood up and advanced towards me and the SO19 officers. I grabbed the male in the denim jacket by wrapping both my arms around his torso, pinning his arms to his side. I then pushed him back on to the seat where he had been previously sitting. I then heard a gunshot very close to my left ear and was dragged away on to the floor.”
In other words, just about everything else we heard about the incident has turned out to be a lie. Further,this article indicates the Sir Ian Blair, the head of the Metropolitan Police Service, tried to intervene in the investigation trying to halt it.
Now it is understandable that after the July 7th bombings that tensions would be high, but this is just ridiculous. Why was he allowed to even enter the station if he was believed to be Hussain Osman? Why wasn’t he detained right away? How come when they have an important suspect one of the officers who was involved was “relieving himself”?
Oh and if anybody knows how to contact Sir Ian Blair, let him know it is usually not a good policy to go before the public and tell bald face lies.