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Jean Charles de Menezes:R>I>P:a blatant case of seriously mistaken identity by bIG bLOGGER on 16 December 2008 4:11pm
 
Jean Charles was the 27-year old Brazilian electrician working in London,who was shot mistakenly by Scotland Yard's special firearms squad officers (codenamed CO19) as he boarded a Tube train in Stockwell Tube Station,South London,on July 22,2005.

The Inquest jury opted for an 'open verdict',because they were left with basically no other options by the presiding Coroner,Sir Michael Wright. Yet the family of Jean Charles say it is an outrage that they have received "no justice"; in other words,they firmly believe that the verdict should have been one of 'unlawful killing' by armed officers.

Anyone who has followed this case from the start,in 2005, knows it was a botched Met police operation from start to finish,communications were poor between different sections of the force,and de Menezes was mis-identified as July 21 terror suspect Hussain Osman by surveillance officers who didn't "get a proper look" (at de Menezes)when he left his flat at 9.30am in Scotia Road,Tulse Hill; neither had they been shown clear recent photos of Hussain Osman. Yet despite this ambiguous lack of proper identification,at 10.04am (1/2 an hour later), 2 CO19 officers arriving in great haste at Stockwell Station pumped 7 shots into Jean's head and neck,killing him instantly. They had NOT ascertained beyond a resonable doubt that he was either the suspected terrorist they sought or a suicide-bomber carrying a deadly device.

'Operation Kratos' Rules stated that if officers are unsure they have the right person,a warning must be shouted by police so that the subject is allowed to react. But 17 witnesses on or near the train testified at the inquest that NO warning shout was heard or was given by any of the officers,which clearly breached operation rules. Of course,if a warning,such as :"ARMED POLICE!" HAD been shouted,how would an innocent civilian be supposed to react? Should he respond:""Good morning,Officers..";or perhaps,more likely(seeing their assault weapons):"What the hell's going on here then...is this a stick-up?" If so,would these words have saved Jean Charles's life? --I doubt it.

And yet,despite the ground rules,armed officers are trained NOT TO shout such a warning in a case of a suspected suicide bomber,so as to give the suspect NO TIME AT ALL TO REACT,lest he decides to detonate his device. Even this precaution could prove ineffective if the suspect's device was pre-set on a timer or was pre-arranged to be set off by someone else using a remote-control switch.

So even Met rules reflect the ambiguity in knowing how best to confront a terror suspect in the heart of London's Capital,yet the Commanding Officers in charge of the operation on the day have been noticeably unapologetic,and none has resigned.Jean Charles de Menezes had offered no evident threat to any person on the train,nor to any surveillance officer or firearms officer,and yet he was unceremoniously shot dead without any words at all being exchanged,and the police were just "doing their job". BRAVO!
 
Re: Jean Charles de Menezes:R>I>P:a blatant case of seriously mistaken identity by tucsonmike on 17 December 2008 1:18am
 
I saw that the police had messed up on that one.
 
Re: Jean Charles de Menezes:R>I>P:a blatant case of seriously mistaken identity by mrsteabag on 17 December 2008 1:38am
 
:(.
 



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