Monday, November 05, 2007

Jean Charles de Menezes

Jean Charles de Menezes was shot dead because detectives mistook him for failed July 21st suicide bomber Hussain Osman, who had tried to blow up a London tube train the previous day.

A surveillance team were watching a block of flats in London because they thought that Hussain Osman was there.

There was also confusion in the control room and the firearm officers did not know what the stragety was, should anyone leave the building they were watching.

Jean Charles de menezes also lived in the block and flats and while the spotter was absent de Menezes had left the building.

This is where the confusion starts.

They followed de Menezes to the railway station, thinking he was Osman, and they asked repeatedly if they could arrest him, but they were told to hold back and wait for the firearms team to handle the arrest.
This they did.

There are reports that when the firearms officers turned up they asked him to stop, he didn't. This is when they thought they had the right man.
Why didn't he stop?

Because he is an illegal immigrant.

Well, we all know what happened next.

They shot him.

Yes, it was a mistake, he was not the man they were looking for.

You see, Jean Charles de Menezes is not the innocent man that the media is trying to make out.
He is an illegal immigrant. He should have returned home 2 months ago.
I'm not saying that he deserves to be shot, of course not, but lets face it, if he had gone home, he would not have been in the area at that time.

The reason I think no-one should resign over this is because once a mistake like this has been made, they sure as hell won't make the same mistake again.

How many times have you made a mistake whether it is at work or in your personal life and you thought to yourself:
"I'll never do that again."
I know I have.
Well, Sir Ian Blair and Cressida Dicks will make sure that that will never happen again.

That is why I am against anyone resigning.


Old Plod said...

Hello Annette. Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog. At least you and I share the same wavelength but I fear we are in the minority. According to the Daily Telegraph today Prime Minister Brown is coming under renewed pressure to force SIB to resign. We shall have to wait and see but I think the Commissioner is a lot tougher than he is being given credit for and I doubt if he will go of his own accord. As for that vote of no confidence by the London Assembly it counted for nothing because they have no power to remove him. It would of course be a totally different story if the Police Federation members (representing all ranks from constable to chief inspector) passed a vote of no confidence in their leader, but that scenario is unlikely in my opinion. Until that occurs SIB should remain and get on with the job of putting right the mistakes that led to this tragedy in the first place. I make no comment concerning JC's illegal immigrant status.

Twining said...

I am long in the tooth at this, and SIB and Cressida are not unlike other leaders; they are more concerned about their careers then they were about admitting any errors. I guess I disagree. Done that, been there before.

PC Common Sense said...

Annette, you write common sense. Really you must stop that!!!!
We live in a world that exists in perpetual hind sight. Everyones' an expert, by that I mean politicians and every other idiot who lives in that well known other land, Cloud Cuckoo!!!