Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Jean Charles de Menezes.

(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.

3 comments:

Annie Porthouse said...

i know little of this sort of thing, but i always wonder why police don't aim for the leg... thus stopping the person from escaping, without actually killing him.
perhaps legs are hard to aim for or something.

the dĂșnadan said...

Hi Annie,

Perhaps that is what the police would normally do, but in this case, they presumably feared that de Menezes had explosives attached to his body - which could have been detonated by a bullet. If so, that would explain the headshots and the number of them: they *had* to make absolutely sure of killing him lest he detonate his explosives with the last of his strenth.

Malcolm

Paul Burgin said...

I have to agree, although the amount of bullets to the head still seems to be a bit excessive