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Wednesday, August 17, 2005

The London Murder

It now appears very likely that Jean Charles de Menezes, shot and killed by police in London shortly after 7/7, was murdered by the police, and that the police attempted to cover it up. Ace has a nice roundup of links:

Unlike earlier police reports, new documents, photographs and testimony leaked to the media are now showing Jean Charles De Menezes wasn't acting suspicious at all, he wasn't running from police, he wasn't wearing a bulky, padded jacket, he didn't have a big bag, he didn't vault the barrier, he actually got on a train and sat down in a seat before being tackled to the ground, and then once he was pinned down, he was shot seven times in the head and once in the shoulder. Three other bullets missed.

When I first read this story the details made it sound like a "good shooting," but in the comments section of that post, MDS made an excellent point which now looks downright brilliant:

Why did they let him get on the No. 2 bus if they thought he was planning to commit an act of terrorism?

The police originally justified the shooting in part because once he was on the train it would be "too late," but based on what we've seen from terrorists in London, letting him on a bus also made it "too late."

That comment made me rethink the whole scenario, and indeed, it now appears that the police were entirely in the wrong here. Great catch by MDS.

And my sympathies and condolences to the de Menezes family who have had to deal with a family member not only being murdered, but also being falsely labeled as terrorist. I hope they get the justice they deserve.


  • I just think, "What if this was my family"? And I still can't even comprehend the pain and sadness they must feel in the aftermath.

    Thank goodness I'm white.

    By Blogger Ace Cowboy, at 12:09 PM  

  • Why did they let him take the bus first? Well according to the BBC story today the team was waiting for a positive ID first. At the time they attacked the man they had just been told he really was a terrorist and everyone was in immediate danger. Until then they didn't 'know' that they were dealing with a terrorist. As soon as they were told to take one out, they tackled and shot him.

    Why there is so much confusion about what he was wearing or how he was behaving I don't know. But my first thought on the early details would be to blame the reporters, not the accuse the cops of a coverup.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:04 PM  

  • Good points anon, but that opens up another line of inquiry. The guy was not a terrorist, so what was this "positive ID" based on, and how many more innocent citizens can look forward to having their heads perforated at point-blank range thanks to this wonderful system?

    By Anonymous Rashid Muhammad, at 10:47 PM  

  • So the official policy of British law enforcement is if they think someone is going to blow up a bus, they should let him on the bus until they have confirmation? And then once they get confirmation they're supposed to execute him on a train in full view of a bunch of citizens? And anyway, the confirmation can be wrong, so as Rashid points out, any innocent citizen can be confirmed as a terrorist and killed?

    By Blogger MDS, at 11:16 AM  

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