The police lied about Menezes’ death

Just when you think police can’t get any slimier, can’t lie more, can’t be more racist, comes this.

Brazilian was held before being shot
Police failed to identify him
He made no attempt to run away

The young Brazilian shot dead by police on a London tube train in mistake for a suicide bomber had already been overpowered by a surveillance officer before he was killed, according to secret documents revealed last night.

It also emerged in the leaked documents that early allegations that he was running away from police at the time of the shooting were untrue and that he appeared unaware that he was being followed.

But the evidence given to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) by police officers and eyewitnesses and leaked to ITV News shows that far from leaping a ticket barrier and fleeing from police, as was initially reported, he was filmed on CCTV calmly entering the station and picking up a free newspaper before boarding the train.

It has now emerged that Mr de Menezes:

  • was never properly identified because a police officer was relieving himself at the very moment he was leaving his home

  • was unaware he was being followed

  • was not wearing a heavy padded jacket or belt as reports at the time suggested|

  • never ran from the police

  • and did not jump the ticket barrier.

But the revelation that will prove most uncomfortable for Scotland Yard was that the 27-year-old electrician had already been restrained by a surveillance officer before being shot seven times in the head and once in the shoulder.

Does anyone believe this would have happened in Menezes was Anglo? Well, of course not. Out-of-control Gestapo shot a quite innocent Brazilian man in the head then lied about it. Will they go to prison? One hopes so. And may this bring down Blair.

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