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August 21, 2005

Yet More on Menezes.

So why was he shot?

Police officers from the team involved in the fatal shooting of Brazilian Jean Charles de Menezes did not believe he posed 'an immediate threat'.

Senior sources in the Metropolitan Police have told The Observer that members of the surveillance team who followed de Menezes into Stockwell underground station in London felt that he was not about to detonate a bomb, was not armed and was not acting suspiciously. It was only when they were joined by armed officers that his threat was deemed so great that he was shot seven times.

Sources said that the surveillance officers wanted to detain de Menezes, but were told to hand over the operation to the firearms team.

The two teams have fallen out over the circumstances surrounding the incident, raising fresh questions about how the operation was handled.

A police source said: 'There is no way those three guys would have been on the train carriage with him [de Menezes] if they believed he was carrying a bomb. Nothing he did gave the surveillance team the impression that he was carrying a device.'

This just continues to get worse, doesn’t it.

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Comments

It certainly does continue to get worse. Senior heads need to roll for this innocent man's murder, and the subsequent lies and distortions.

Posted by: Voice 1 | Aug 21, 2005 9:57:49 AM

England is too far gone. I blame the Fabians.

Posted by: Lee | Aug 21, 2005 3:48:10 PM