Britain’s top police officer, the Scotland Yard commissioner Sir Ian Blair, attempted to stop an independent external investigation into the shooting of a young Brazilian mistaken for a suicide bomber, it emerged yesterday.
Later that same day, after an exchange of opinions between Sir Ian, the Home Office and the IPCC, the commissioner was overruled. A Whitehall insider said: “We won that battle. There’s no ambiguity in the legislation, they had to do it.”
But a statement from the Met yesterday showed that despite the agreement to allow in independent investigators, the IPCC was kept away from Stockwell tube in south London, the scene of the shooting, for a further three days. This runs counter to usual practice, where the IPCC would expect to be at the scene within hours.
(Source: The Guardian)
Every day, the Menezes story grows more horrible. From the initial murder of this innocent, law-abiding man to the cover-up now being attempted from the heights of the police hierarchy.
And these are the people we’re meant to trust to protect us from terrorists? Again, we have to ask, who watches the watchmen?
Unless you’re a moron or a rabid Tory, you’ll be aware that this isn’t the first time the police have tried to get away with murder. Literally:
If the allegations contained in the leaks turn out to be true, this would not be a one-off. The police and the media have a distinguished history of misrepresentation in such cases; there have been more than 1,000 deaths in police custody in Britain in the past 30 years – most involving restraint, either in the cells or during arrest – and many of these people have subsequently been demonised.
(Source: Guardian Comment)
Do you remember the day of the shooting? Do you remember the rampant spin the police put out then? What happened to the heavy coat? What happened to the barrier-vaulting criminal? None of that was true. It was pure police propaganda, trying to make their murder look as good as possible. Follow the Guardian Comment link above to read about some more of their sterling work.
I’ll leave the last word to Mr de Menezes’s family:
Speaking from Brazil, Mr de Menezes’s cousin, Alex Alves Pereira, said: “The officers who have done this have to be sent to jail for life because it’s murder and the people who gave them the order to shoot must be punished. They should lock them up and throw away the key. They murdered him.”
Mr Pereira added that both Sir Ian and Tony Blair shared the officers’ culpability. “They are the really guilty ones,” he said.
(Source: The Guardian)