(Courtesy of wikipedia.org)
Just about everyone who is level-headed when it comes to politics, agrees that the death of Jean Charles de Menezes was a tragedy that might well have been avoided.
However whether it was the fault of the police or de Menezes is a matter of debate.
I personally think it was an awful situation that could have been equally avoided by both parties, but this is simply based on hearsay and conjecture at present, and we clearly do not have all of the relevant facts.
It has been said, in one instance, that de Menezes was an illegal immigrant, and that his experience of plain clothes policemen was in seeing police death-squads in Brazil.
Whereas he was seen leaving a house under police surveliance, connected with the events of the previous twenty-four hours. He was also wearing a bulky coat.
In which case why did those tailing him let him board a bus?
Why the need to fire five shots at close range when one bullet in the head would do?
Why did de Menezes run and not co'operate! Did he not know of the events of the previous week?
No one doubts the police are faced with an agonising decision when faced with a potential suicide bomber on a tube train, and had it have been one of the four men who escaped on Thursday, the Met would have been hailed as heroes who helped save dozens of lives and rightfully so!
Instead a catastrophic mistake has been made where hard questions have to be answered, although it seems on the small evidence and hearsay we have at the moment, that the police made a couple of blunders and de Menezes should have been more savvy about the current climate in London.