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Menezes family 'furious' at IPCC decision to clear officers

Justice4Jean Campaign | 11.05.2007 23:13 | Terror War | London | World

The family of Jean Charles de Menezes express their disappointment at the IPCC decision to not bring any disciplinary action at 11 officers involved in his shooting at Stockwell station in July 2005.

May 11th 2007: The IPCC today cleared 11 officers of any wrong doing in relation to the shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes. None of the officers will face any disciplinary action for the brutal killing of the innocent 27 year old Brazilian who was shot seven times in the head at Stockwell tube station in July 2005.

Four other senior officers, including Commander Cressida Dick, who authorized the use of the shoot-to-kill policy on the day, must await the completion of the separate criminal legal proceedings relating to Health & Safety breaches before any decision will be made about disciplinary action.

The family of Jean Charles today branded the decision a 'travesty of justice' and described themselves as bitterly angry and disappointed.

Patricia da Silva Armani, cousin of Jean Charles de Menezes, who lived with him at the time of his death said:

"I cannot believe the police have been able to get away with this. It is disgraceful the IPCC can make such a decision – they are letting the police get away with murder. First officials killed my cousin, then they lied about it and now the officers are walking away without any punishment. It is a travesty of justice and another slap in the face for our family. The police officers lives go on as normal while exist in turmoil, fighting to get the answers and justice we deserve"

A spokesperson from the Justice4Jean Campaign today said:

"We query the decision to clear part of a police operational team who were all responsible for the shooting an innocent man before full legal proceedings have taken place.

This is entirely premature and worse still may potentially prejudice any future criminal proceedings. This sends out the signal that no action against officers will ever be taken in this case, which is devastating for the family.

There are still many unanswered questions about the police handling of this case. Today's decision effectively says police officers can act above the law, free to take human life without facing a full legal investigation like anyone else."

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Proof UK justice system is corrupt

12.05.2007 01:46

Its amazing how the brits can criticise Mugabe for police events in Zimbabwe, when we see in UK, how police who murder an innocent man then allow his innocence to go unpublished for days, now can be declared innocent of any wrong doing...will the media attack the UK police over this massive miscarriage of justice


comes as no surprise ...

12.05.2007 12:01

... since in the uk -- not unlike in virtually every other country, 'democratical' or not -- NO officer got convicted for killing anybody EVER, despite the uk probably being the eu-country with the highest death in custody rate of all.

in average at least somebody gets killed EVERY WEEK, week after week, month after month, decade after decade ...

however, since most of the victims are coloured or else marginalised, gives a shit about it, incl. the left/alternative/progessive, as the more than meager turnout every year at the rally for the victims clearly shows.

btw, there will be another rally this year, as usual the last saturday in october from trafalgar square to downing st. ...

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