About the Campaign
Wed 31 Aug 2005
The Jean Charles de Menezes Family Campaign was set up by the family and friends of Jean Charles, who was shot dead by the police on the morning of Friday 22 July in Stockwell, London.
The campaign aims to:
- find out the truth about Jean’s unlawful killing
- bring those responsible for his death to justice
- end the ‘Shoot to Kill’ policy and so prevent a similar tragedy happening again
- to campaign against the rising tide of racism and the attack on civil liberties in the UK
The campaign is not affiliated to any political party. All the campaign’s work is carried out and funded by Jean’s family, friends and a small group of independent activists.
We urgently need financial help to help pay for leaflets and posters, meetings at trade union and other conferences as well as legal costs that the family simply cannot afford.
Please send whatever financial support you can. We have no overheads - just enthusiastic volunteers. So everything you give will be spent on helping the family fight for justice.
Please send donations as a cheque made payable to the ‘Jean Charles de Menezes Family Campaign’ to:
Jean Charles de Menezes Family Campaign,
PO Box 273,
Statement on the Home Affairs Select Committee
Letter from the de Menzes Family to Tony BlairStatement from the de Menezes family after the Home Affairs Select Committee, 13 September 2005
Posted by admin under Press releases and statements
Today is the first time there has been any Parliamentary scrutiny about the circumstances surrounding the ‘shoot-to-kill’ policy which led to death of our cousin Jean Charles de Menezes on 22nd July 2005.
This must be only the beginning. What we have heard here today fails and can not answer the many urgent questions we, the family, and the British public still have over the death of Jean Charles. Sir Ian Blair and Charles Clarke the Home Secretary have many more questions still to answer.
We are however horrified to know that the ‘shoot-to-kill’ policy is still in operation today. It remains a secret policy. A policy that nobody knows how it operates. A policy that has never been discussed in Parliament. The death of Jean shows that this policy is a danger to innocent people all across the country. It must be suspended until the investigation is completed.
We call again for a quick conclusion to the investigation of the Independent Police Complaints Commission followed by criminal proceedings brought against those responsible for Jean’s death.
But this is not enough. We demand a full Judicial Public Inquiry, operating in a transparent and impartial manner, to find out the whole truth surrounding Jean’s death in the context of the ’shoot-to-kill’ policy and the subsequent actions of the police.
There must be no more lies. We deserve the full truth about Jean’s death.
On behalf of
Patricia da Silva Armani
Cousins of Jean Charles de Menezes
Campaign statement on new IPCC invest ... e4Jean.comWed 7 Sep 2005
Letter from the de Menzes Family to Tony Blair
Posted by admin under General information
Dear Tony Blair,
I am writing to you with regard to the death of my cousin Jean Charles de Menezes, who died after being shot dead by police officers at Stockwell tube on 22nd July 2005.
As you may be able to imagine, the last month has been a very difficult one for my family. Not only have we had to deal with the horror of Jean’s brutal death, but also what seems to be a tissue of lies, half-truths and misinformation surrounding his death. Each day brings new revelations and questions for my family that seriously challenge our confidence in the Metropolitan Police.
We believe that the circumstances of Jean’s death are of great concern not only to us but to the people of London and the UK.
We are therefore requesting your support for the following demands for justice:
1. A speedy conclusion to a thorough, impartial and independent investigation.
2. To ensure that there is no impunity for those responsible for the killing.
3. That those responsible are immediately suspended until the conclusion of the investigation and a public commitment is given that appropriate prosecutions will be brought against those responsible.
4. A suspension of the “Shoot-to-Kill” policy until there is a full public debate on its application
5. A full judicial public inquiry, operating in a thorough, transparent and impartial manner to be ordered by the Home Secretary (with full legal representation for the family) so as to ensure that the full facts of the circumstances of Jean’s death are brought into the public domain, including a focus on the ‘Shoot-to-Kill’ policy, its guidelines, its application and the circumstances in which it was operated on 22nd July.
The inquiry should also include an investigation into the handling by the Metropolitan police of the facts pertinent to the case since Jean’s death.
I look forward to a swift response to these demands.
Jean Charles de Menezes Family Campaign
Jean Charles de Menezes press coverage, posted 3 December.
Jean Charles de Menezes press coverage
Sunday 27 November 2005
Police officers who shot Jean Charles to ‘escape charges’
The Sunday Times reports that two police officers who shot Jean Charles will escape charges in the ongoing IPCC inquiry. In the report one source is described as in the Metropolitan police and the other is described as a ‘Whitehall source’ – neither of whom is likely to have privileged access to the IPCC inquiry.
The reports suggest that both officers claimed they were ‘led to believe by a senior officer that he was a terrorist, that he was a suicide bomber”, and they are relying transcripts of radio communications to prove their case.
The Whitehall official is reported to say: “The possibility arises that someone higher up the chain of command could have acted unlawfully.”
Monday 28 November
Sir Ian Blair to face new IPCC inquiry into Met conduct
Responding to complaints from the de Menezes family, the IPCC will examine whether the Met misled the press and public in the days following the death of jean Charles and also why they took so long to contact the family.
The BBC reports that the Met “welcomes” the new inquiry and will “co-operate fully with it.
In a press conference in the hours following Jean Charles death Sir Ian Blair said: “I understand the man was challenged and refused to obey.”
Later reports revealed that Jean Charles wasn’t challenged by police before being being shot. In addition, a police statement said – incorrectly - that the dead man’s clothing and behaviour had also been suspicious.
Alex Pereira, Jean Charles’ cousin said: “This is a great victory for the family.”
This is London
The Daily Telegraph
Jean Charles portrait removed from Stockwell Mural
The Guardian reports that a portrait of Jean Charles has been removed from the Stockwell Memorial Garden, outside Stockwell station, following complaints from a local Nighbourhood watch co-ordinator and the British legion.
Brian Barnes, the artist who created the mural, was commissioned to paint the portrait of Jean Charles by the Stockwell Partnership. He was not impressed: “I’m not some yob. This is an innocent man who had been shot. His parents were coming to Stockwell. I thought it would be good to remember him.”