Thursday, August 18, 2005

De Menezes was acting normally

Despite what British police, themselves, were reporting regarding the death of an innocent British man, Jean Charles de Menezes, three weeks ago, a British TV station reported yesterday that eye witness accounts and photographs all differ markedly from those earlier accounts. The station said that de Menezes did not wear a bulky coat but a thin denim jacket, that he did not vault a barrier but walked calmly through the subway station, and even bought a newspaper before boarding a subway. Other reports (which I saw reported on CNN but are not in this article) also claim that de Menezes was not told to freeze, nor did he turn to run. Instead, according to thos reports, he was essentially tackled, held down, and shot. It seems that from subway cameras, de Menezes was mistakenly identified as a suicide bomber and was killed based on the British policy to shoot-to-kill suspected bombers, at least three times in the head. If this is the case, and given what was reported by the British news station yesterday, it makes you wonder exactly what about de Menezes caused British police to mistakenly identify him? Either way, even if the police accounts turn out to be more accurate, this was a wrongful death under any circumstance. Whether de Menezes was tackled and killed without warning, or chased down after fleeing for his life, British police did not act appropriately, and should be held responsible. Previous post: His Only Crime...


Anonymous Kaede said...

And here is where I offer most humbly the eating of my previous words. Seems that not all the info coming out is true (as I should well know, since I say it often enough) and whether or not this is yet another line by those who have some axe to grind, there seems to be serious credibility issues going on here, and this makes me rather nervous. These are people we pay out of our council taxes to defend us from criminals, not terrorists. Sure they're doing a hard job, but not like this.....*sighs*

*eats humble pie*

Ah well, I was so completely wrong as to look like a huge prat. I just hope that the truth comes out, whichever way you look at it. I do hope the Met agrees to a public enquiry as I think that would be the best way to get as much of the truth that they're willing to give us out in the public domain.

8/18/2005 11:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

*munch munch munch*

That's me - the anonymous one from the previous thread also cramming in copious amounts of humble pie.

FWIW - there *is* currently a big behind-the-scenes push for a public enquiry. Without wanting to say too much, I work in London politics and also happen to be a friend of the solicitor engaged by the de Menezes family. Expect more information to be made public soon.

*munch munch munch*

8/28/2005 03:57:00 AM  

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