4 November 2007

On 22nd July 2005 a firearms unit dressed in a smart-caj style shot a random Brazilian electrician seven times in the head and once in the shoulder at close range on the London Underground. The Met Police have now been charged under the Health and Safety at Work Act for failing to protect members of the public. For instance by shooting them.

Jean Charles de Menezes didn't leap the ticket barrier or run; and he wasn't wearing suspiciously bulky clothing as police claimed at the time. Instead he sat down in a tube carriage, then got up as people with guns ran in and pinned him down. He'd been mistaken for Ethiopian-born bomber Hussain Osman who looked nothing like him, but lived in the same block of flats.

Menezes wasn't filmed leaving the flats because the surveillance officer was on a toilet break. He was trailed to Brixton tube where an undercover officer followed him off a bus and then reported him doubling back and getting back on the bus. Classic counter-surveillance! Or a closed tube station, in fact. When Menezes approached Stockwell station, the Ops room asked another surveillance officer for a "percentage certainty" that the target was Osman. The officer said the question was ridiculous.

Still no individual held to account.

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