Since when was de Menezes in the country illegally? I thought this myth had been put to bed ages ago, yet there it is, in the first line about Jean Charles on his Wikipedia entry, followed by a line stating the government put the information out about him being in the country illegally, as if that was some sort of justification for the state extra-judicially executing anyone with 7 (the magic number) dum dum bullets in the head.Jean Charles de Menezes (7 January 1978–22 July 2005) was a Brazilian electrician living illegally in the Tulse Hill area of south London. Menezes was shot and killed at Stockwell tube station on the London Underground by unnamed Metropolitan Police officers. Initially, police falsely claimed that he was wearing bulky clothing, had vaulted the ticket barriers and run from police. The government also issued information that he was staying in the UK illegally. It soon become clear that de Menezes did not vault and run from the police, but police did not correct the misinformation until the correct information was leaked to the press. They later issued an apology, saying that they had mistaken him for a suspect in the previous day's failed bombings and acknowledging that Menezes in fact had no explosives and was unconnected with the attempted bombings.
How does de Menezes living in Tulse Hill relate to this and the story that the police were following Osman from de Menezes' flats:
40 Blair House, Stockwell Road is just over the road from Stockwell Station, so the notion that anyone was following Osman from Tulse Hill is an utter crock.The six defendants in various combinations were well-known to each other before the summer of 2005.
At the time that we are principally concerned with four of the defendants were living in north London, one in south London and one in west London.
The four defendants living in north London were Ibrahim, Asiedu, Omar and Yahya. Omar's one bedroom council flat at 58 Curtis House, Ladders Wood Way, New Southgate, on the ninth floor. Omar had lived in that flat for some years and had friends who lift in another flat on the tenth floor . In the spring and early summer of 2005 Ibrahim, Asiedu and Yahya were also closely associated with Curtis House. Osman lived in south London in a ground-floor flat at 40 Blair House, just off Stockwell Road, not far from Stockwell Tube station.
10.50am: Mohammed lived in west London at flat 14 on the top floor of a small block of flats called block K on the Peabody estate in north Kensington.
Also, it seems de Menezes had a history of being stopped by the police and had been attacked by a gang of white youths two weeks prior to his killing:
For de Menezes life in London was for the most part uneventful. He had been stopped by a [sic] police a few times as part of routine stop and search inquiries, once having his bag examined by officers outside Brixton tube station.
On each occasion the police had asked him to stop and he did so. However, on each occasion the officers concerned were in full uniform.
Two weeks before he was killed, de Menezes had been attacked by a gang of white youths, seemingly at random. According to friends this experience left him shaken and nervous.
Source: Death in Stockwell, The Unanswered Questions - The Observer