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Blunder Cops in Report Cover-up (UK cops behind killing of innocent Brazilian migrant)
News of the World ^ | Ian Kirby

Posted on 01/30/2006 7:13:30 AM PST by SirLinksalot

Scandal of faked Menezes evidence

BLUNDER COPS IN REPORT COVER-UP

By Ian Kirby

UNDERCOVER police forged vital surveillance evidence to cover up a crucial blunder that led to innocent Brazilian Jean Charles de Menezes being gunned down as a suspected Tube suicide bomber.

A logbook detailing the electrician’s last movements was altered by Special Branch officers to try and hide the fact that they had wrongly identified him as a terror suspect before he was shot seven times in the head on Stockwell station

Their deliberate cover-up meant the blame for de Menezes’ death would be pinned on Yard bosses and on the armed cops who actually fired the bullets—leaving them open to murder charges.

Amazingly it was not until 14 hours after the log was altered later after the debriefing that under-fire Scotland Yard commissioner Sir Ian Blair was finally informed his officers had killed the wrong man.

The shock revelations are contained in the Independent Police Complaints Commission report into the shooting —which happened in the aftermath of last year’s 21/7 Tube bomb attempts.

The secret report, delivered 10 days ago, says the decision to send in an armed team to kill the wrongly- selected suspect came only after a positive identification by an undercover Special Branch surveillance team.

One of the SB officers mistakenly reported that de Menezes was alleged wanted terrorist Hussein Osman— being hunted for a “failed suicide bombing” on a Shepherd’s Bush tube train in the capital the previous day.

But, the report reveals, once it was realised an innocent man had been killed, the Special Branch surveillance log was altered to show that positive ID had been made


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: blunder; brazilian; coverup; uk
Although my gut feel is this is a one sided report by a leftist paper, I can't help but feel sickened by what happened to Menezes.

If this report is true (and I can't prove it is true or false), I can't believe the Brits would allow this to happen. If a mistake was made, THEY SHOULD OWN UP AND TAKE RESPONSIBILITY. This is very similar to the tragic Amadou D' Allo case in New York City under Mayor Giullani when an innocent African immigrant was gunned down by cops thinking he was the suspected rapist ( D' Allo, being African, did not understand the colloquial meaning of the word -- FREEZE).

1 posted on 01/30/2006 7:13:33 AM PST by SirLinksalot
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To: SirLinksalot

Very tragic case.


2 posted on 01/30/2006 7:29:22 AM PST by carumba (The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you've got it made. Groucho)
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