Thursday, March 09, 2006

Dog bites man

And, in other news, the police admitted at the time (but since deny) that they knew De Menenzes, the Brazilian electrician shot by mistake at Stockwell tube, was innocent all along.

I am not surprised. Given the circumstances as they were (police tail man from a large block of flats which is under observation because one of about 100 tenants is a known terrorist, he buys ticket legally and walks calmly down to the platform, police jump him and shoot him, then lie about it), it is blindingly obvious that they knew they had the wrong man. If they had the right man, they would not have put so much effort into fibbing to the public about jumping turnstiles and unseasonal coats.

When I were a lad, shooting innocent people at tube stations for no reason was called "murder" and carried a life sentence.

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  • At 11:49 am , Anonymous Will said...

    Didn't the turnstile jumping and heavy coat stuff come from witnesses rather than the cops? I think the police claimed they "hadn't corrected" those witness reports because of the IPCC investigation.

  • At 10:44 am , Blogger Chris Palmer said...

    He wasn't completely innocent though was he. He was in this country illegally as his visa had expired - he just received an overly-harsh punishment for his crime.

  • At 8:43 pm , Anonymous blab said...

    when i were i lad in belfast innocent people being shot by state forces was not unknown.and rarely attracted much negative comment. course there were a lot more of innocent people killed by non-state actors too, but i do always think we should hold the forces of law to higher standards than terrorists/freedom fighters/insurgents/irregular armed groups (delete according to prejudice)


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