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Bungling is... bungling
I think a few wayward comments are being made here.|
The bare fact that an innocent man has been shot dead is a tragedy; a tragedy that should not happen.
The Met Police have not put lies about the shooting in the public domain. They were, however, remiss in not correcting the canards that appeared in the UK press in the immediate aftermath of the shooting, to the effect that Mr de Menezes had acted in a highly suspicious manner.
The statement that this tragedy is not being investigated, and that the culprits will not be held to account,is also patent nonsense. Although the Met Commissioner tried to avoid an embarassing investigation, English criminal law demands that any shooting by a police officer is fully investigated by the Independent Panel (IPPP). This is happening, and the leaks from this body - allegedly by a member of its admin section, who is now suspended - have caused the public furore which we are now debating. The IPPP is headed by John Wadham, formerly head of Liberty, the human rights lobbyists, so any suggestion that there will be a a cover-up is clearly wide of the mark. And the papers leaked also strongly suggest that this incident will be subject to a future public inquiry, when all the issues will be aired.
iluv2's remark that the "terrorists are to blame" is boneheaded, dangerous nonsense. A wholly innocent man has been shot dead by what is supposed to be a highly skilled firearms unit (CO19). In a civilised society the notion of trigger happy police wandering the streets with a licence to kill is totally unacceptable.
I am confident that this issue, which is now in the public domain, will result in both justice for the family of Mr de Menezes, and proper scrutiny of the actions of the Met Police.