The IPCC Investigation into the killing

In the aftermath of the murder, a cascade of misinformation and lies from the very top down. From Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair to the trigger-happy plain-clothes shooters identified only as "carrying a long-barrelled weapon", the actions that day have been exposed as a cover-up of the events that resulted in the extra-judicial execution of an innocent man.

The IPCC Investigation into the killing

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24 Jan 2006, 14:28 #1

Police failed to tape Tube killing orders

The truth about errors that led to the police shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes may never be known because officers failed to tape conversations in their control room, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.

Hastily scribbled notes are the only evidence received by the Independent Police Complaints Commission to support senior officers' accounts of the minutes before de Menezes was shot at Stockwell Underground station on July 22 last year.

Police mistakenly identified him as one of the men suspected of attempting to bomb the Underground the day before. It is common practice for all communications in and out of police control rooms to be recorded.

The failure to tape converstions between officers chasing de Menezes and their commanders at Scotland Yard is said to be due to lack of space at the time in control rooms with recording faciliities, which were crammed with detectives hunting the bombers.

It means that there is no indisputable record of what Commander Cressida Dick, the officer responsible for the firearms unit, and Commander John McDowell, the officer in charge of the surveillance teams, told their subordinates to do.

When the de Menezes crisis began to unfold, officers dealing with it struggled to find their own room.

When it became apparent that there was no means of taping communications in the room they had chosen, one of them was told to write down what was said, by whom and when.

The revelation is likely to fuel further accusations of a cover up surrounding the shooting of the innocent Brazilian electrician. It follows a bitter row over 'gaps' in the CCTV footage at the station at the time of his death.

London Underground insists its cameras were working, but police claim there is no film of de Menezes's final moments. The Crown Prosecution Service is now even more likely to conclude that there is insufficient evidence to support criminal charges against the officers involved.

Asad Rahman, spokesman for the de Menezes family, said: 'This is another blow to Jean Charles's family. I doubt everything was written down, not out of malice, but because so much was happening. It is a damaging indictment of the mangaement at Scotland Yard.'

A Scotland Yard spokeswoman said: 'As we are still under investigation we are not in a position to comment.'
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24 Jan 2006, 16:26 #2

From the Independent:
Up to 15 police officers may face charges over Menezes shooting
By Jason Bennetto
Jan 20, 2006, 18:20


About 15 police officers could be charged in connection with the shooting dead of Jean Charles de Menezes, the Brazilian mistaken for a suicide bomber. The disclosure came as the Crown Prosecution Service was handed a file of evidence on several of the Metropolitan Police officers involved.

The file, naming about 15 officers, is the result of an inquiry into the shooting at Stockwell Tube station on 22 July - the day after a series of failed bomb attacks on London's transport network. Mr Menezes, a 27-year-old electrician, was shot seven times in the head.

Crown prosecutors will consider whether there is sufficient evidence to bring criminal charges against any of the officers.

Sources close to the case have indicated, however, that it will be a major surprise if any officer ends up in court.

The family of Mr Menezes called for the police responsible to face a criminal trial. A spokeswoman for the dead man's family said: "Everything we have learnt over the last few months has strengthened our conviction that those responsible should be prosecuted. Real justice can only be found in a court of law." She said the family were disappointed that they were not allowed to read the report and remained "in the dark". She added: "We believed that at least we would be able to read the final report. The victims of this tragedy are the last to know."

Alex Pereira, Mr Menezes's cousin, said he had not trusted the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), which conducted the inquiry, from the outset. "I told them straight away, 'I do not trust you, make sure you surprise me at the end'," he said. "They have not surprised us, it was what I was expecting."

The decision by the IPCC to send a file to the CPS means the commission has concluded that there is evidence to suggest criminal offences may have been committed. This is a much lower threshold than that for actually bringing charges against any individual officers. The commission has consistently refused to detail the nature of the alleged offences, although it is believed they could be as serious as murder or manslaughter.

The IPCC is thought to have interviewed about 25 officers, including the chief officers responsible for activating the Kratos "shoot to kill" tactic and the surveillance officers who identified the wrong man.

The firearms team did not arrive in time to confront the suspect before he went into the Tube station because it was too far from the scene when the commanding officer called for support, it is understood.

Commander Cressida Dick, 44, was the designated senior officer responsible for the firearms unit on the day of the shooting. The two firearms officers involved in the shooting are thought to have been named in the six-month investigation. The IPCC report includes details of the communication problems between the police officers involved in the operation. This includes the failure of the officers' radios underground. The communication breakdown also meant they were unable to take orders from, or relay messages to, senior officers at Scotland Yard.

About 30 people witnessed the shooting and 600 statements were taken during the course of the investigation.

The IPCC did not begin its investigation until Wednesday 27 July - five days after Mr Menezes was shot.

Scotland Yard initially resisted the IPCC taking over the inquiry, but the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, Sir Ian Blair, later dismissed allegations of an attempted cover-up.

Leaked documents appeared to suggest that Mr Menezes had done little to arouse suspicion, other than to emerge from a flat that had been under surveillance. Far from vaulting a ticket barrier and running down an escalator to escape firearms officers, he walked into the station at a normal pace and even paused to pick up a newspaper, the documents said. Witness reports that he was wearing a bulky coat that added to suspicions were also incorrect, they revealed.

Mr Menezes's family have not received a copy but will be briefed on its contents.

The CPS is likely to take several months to reach a decision on whether to charge any of the officers.

Source: http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/crime/ ... 339834.ece
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25 Jan 2006, 23:27 #3

A third arrest over the IPCC leak
ITN journalist arrested over leak from Stockwell shooting inquiry

Vikram Dodd
Wednesday January 25, 2006
The Guardian

A television journalist who revealed police blunders leading up to the shooting dead of Jean Charles de Menezes, has been arrested on suspicion of theft by detectives investigating the leaking of statements from the official inquiry to the broadcaster, the Guardian has learned.

ITV News revealed in August that Mr de Menezes, who was killed after being mistaken for a terrorist, was being held down when shot by firearms officers after it was passed documents from the Independent Police Complaints Commission's investigation into the shooting.

Copies of documents are believed to have been obtained by the journalist, who is a news producer.

The story was hailed as one of the biggest scoops in the history of British television news and ITV has entered it for the Royal Television Society awards.

The leak from the IPCC's investigation included witness statements and photographs that undermined early accounts by the Metropolitan police of why Mr de Menezes was shot in a train carriage at Stockwell tube station on July 22 last year. The leak is being investigated by Leicestershire police who arrested the journalist in October and raided his home.

An ITV News insider said police seemed to be looking for evidence that money was paid for the statements. The source said no money was paid as ITV News did not have large sums of money available to offer for scoops, and if the IPCC source who leaked the documents had been motivated by money then they would have gone to a tabloid newspaper.

A 43-year-old IPCC employee was also arrested and has now resigned from the commission. Leicestershire police said that a 30-year-old woman was also arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to steal. All three people who have been arrested remain on police bail.

David Mannion, ITV News's editor in chief, told the Guardian: "We absolutely stand by the story, the way we covered it and the way we got the story; it was to our usual high editorial standards."

http://www.guardian.co.uk/menezes/story ... 20,00.html
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29 Jan 2006, 10:44 #4

Three arrests off the back of the initial IPCC leaks so far and today's leak doesn't bode any better for those involved as the report appears to confirm that there was some great effort to cover-up the catalogue of disasters that led to the ritualistic, Mossad-style killing of an innocent man:
Police 'covered up' Menezes blunder

Special Branch officers launched a "blatant" cover-up to try to conceal their fatal role in the shooting of innocent Brazilian Jean Charles de Menezes, it has been claimed.

Undercover police tried to change a surveillance log to hide the fact they had mistakenly identified the 27-year-old electrician as a suspected suicide bomber.

Mr de Menezes was repeatedly shot in the head as he tried to jump on to a train at Stockwell Tube station in south London in the aftermath of the abortive July 21 attacks.

The alleged cover-up - reported in the News of the World - meant blame for the tragedy would have been shifted to senior Scotland Yard commanders or the armed police who pulled the trigger.

On Saturday night a spokesman for the de Menezes family launched a scathing attack on the British authorities for keeping them "in the dark" - and said the latest revelations added to their beliefs the shooting had been shrouded by "lies and deception".

The claimed leak of the IPCC report - handed over to the Crown Prosecution Service 10 days ago - revealed de Menezes was only shot after he was wrongly identified as suspected suicide bomber Hussein Osman by an undercover Special Branch team.

However, once they realised their fatal error, officers altered the log to show that no positive identification had been made.

The News of the World quoted a "Whitehall source" as saying: "It says the log was actually tampered with in a major way.

"In particular the words AND and NOT were inserted about the Osman ID, so it read 'and it was not Osman' rather than 'it was Osman'."

The log was apparently tampered with at a debriefing meeting 10 hours after the shooting.

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Source: The Scotsman
Tony Blair has floated the notion of private police forces on occasion and, if something happened to entirely discredit the British police then perhaps some sort of argument for private forces could be engineered from that position of apparent incompetence.

To that end, inside three weeks in July, Londoners suffered a round of bombings that killed 56, closely followed by a second set of what ostensibly appeared to be attempted bombings - but weren't - all of which was followed by the execution of an innocent man. Load them all together and it appears everybody under whose watch these events occurred has apparently failed at every level.

This story and the other big July story that has broken today, that MI5 is no closer to understanding how July 7th came about, would seem to confirm the notion that there are some very high-level and malicious forces at work, the likes of which even MI5 has yet to penetrate.

Who is framing who?
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20 Feb 2006, 11:26 #5

Charges for police over shooting of Brazilian in London Underground

Stockwell officers face charge of perverting course of justice after logbook was faked. Marksmen exonerated in CPS inquiry into mistaken shooting of 27-year-old Brazilian electrician


By Sophie Goodchild, Chief Reporter
Published: 19 February 2006

Police officers are facing criminal charges over allegations that they tampered with evidence after shooting dead an innocent Brazilian at a London Underground station, The Independent on Sunday can reveal.

Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) officials investigating the killing of 27-year-old Jean Charles de Menezes plan to charge the officers who oversaw the operation with attempting to pervert the course of justice.

The disclosure comes three weeks after reports that undercover police deliberately attempted to blame firearms officers for the shooting.

Police surveillance officers allegedly tried to disguise the fact that they had mistaken Mr de Menezes for Hussain Osman, the alleged terrorist being hunted for a failed suicide bombing on the Tube.

The CPS is planning action over the allegations that Special Branch officers took part in the cover-up, in which words clearing them of any wrong-doing were written into the police log.

Senior legal sources say that officers who were allegedly involved in altering the log, which detailed the last movements of Mr de Menezes, face charges of obstructing public justice or conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

One prosecution source said: "This was a deliberate and obvious attempt to smear the firearms officers and there is a great deal of anxiety about it at the Met."

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) report reveals that a log was changed so that it read: "And it was not Osman" instead of "it was Osman". This meant that surveillance officers could claim the marksmen had shot dead the wrong man despite having been warned that he was not who they had thought.

Senior CPS sources have told the IoS that the blame for the shooting lies with Special Branch and the surveillance officers who wrongly identified the Brazilian electrician as a suicide bomber. The original focus of the inquiry into why Mr de Menezes was shot dead by police last year was on the officers who fired the fatal shots. Scotland Yard, the CPS and the IPCC have refused to comment publicly on reports that the surveillance log was tampered with.

However, this newspaper has learnt that documents given to the CPS last month detail the alleged forgery. This is being taken extremely seriously by investigators and is central to the case against the police.

The IoS has also learnt that the CPS is now planning to question a further eight officers in addition to the four who have already been quizzed by the IPCC.

There was a public outcry over the shooting of Mr de Menezes at Stockwell Tube station. The armed officers were acting under controversial new guidelines which allow police to shoot suspected suicide bombers without challenge.

Mr de Menezes' family has called for a public inquiry into the killing. They have already brought a separate case against Sir Ian Blair, the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police. They allege that he misled the public over comments he made in the aftermath of the Stockwell shooting.

Police officers are facing criminal charges over allegations that they tampered with evidence after shooting dead an innocent Brazilian at a London Underground station, The Independent on Sunday can reveal.

Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) officials investigating the killing of 27-year-old Jean Charles de Menezes plan to charge the officers who oversaw the operation with attempting to pervert the course of justice.

The disclosure comes three weeks after reports that undercover police deliberately attempted to blame firearms officers for the shooting.

Police surveillance officers allegedly tried to disguise the fact that they had mistaken Mr de Menezes for Hussain Osman, the alleged terrorist being hunted for a failed suicide bombing on the Tube.

The CPS is planning action over the allegations that Special Branch officers took part in the cover-up, in which words clearing them of any wrong-doing were written into the police log.

Senior legal sources say that officers who were allegedly involved in altering the log, which detailed the last movements of Mr de Menezes, face charges of obstructing public justice or conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

One prosecution source said: "This was a deliberate and obvious attempt to smear the firearms officers and there is a great deal of anxiety about it at the Met."

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) report reveals that a log was changed so that it read: "And it was not Osman" instead of "it was Osman". This meant that surveillance officers could claim the marksmen had shot dead the wrong man despite having been warned that he was not who they had thought.

Senior CPS sources have told the IoS that the blame for the shooting lies with Special Branch and the surveillance officers who wrongly identified the Brazilian electrician as a suicide bomber. The original focus of the inquiry into why Mr de Menezes was shot dead by police last year was on the officers who fired the fatal shots. Scotland Yard, the CPS and the IPCC have refused to comment publicly on reports that the surveillance log was tampered with.

However, this newspaper has learnt that documents given to the CPS last month detail the alleged forgery. This is being taken extremely seriously by investigators and is central to the case against the police.

The IoS has also learnt that the CPS is now planning to question a further eight officers in addition to the four who have already been quizzed by the IPCC.

There was a public outcry over the shooting of Mr de Menezes at Stockwell Tube station. The armed officers were acting under controversial new guidelines which allow police to shoot suspected suicide bombers without challenge.

Mr de Menezes' family has called for a public inquiry into the killing. They have already brought a separate case against Sir Ian Blair, the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police. They allege that he misled the public over comments he made in the aftermath of the Stockwell shooting.

Source: http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/legal/ ... 346374.ece
Possible charges for tampering with evidence in the killing of one innocent man. Is it possible that those who would lie to cover up the death of one person could possibly tell us the truth about the death of over 50 innocent people?
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09 Mar 2006, 15:00 #6

An article by Mark Townsend (yet again)

Guardian 5/2/06
Ministry probes Tube train killing

Mark Townsend and Jamie Doward
Sunday February 5, 2006
The Observer


The Ministry of Defence is conducting an internal inquiry into the role played by an elite army surveillance unit in the fatal shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes.
Whitehall sources have told The Observer that the military investigation has been launched to determine whether 'lessons could be learnt' from the surveillance operation that wrongly identified de Menezes as a suspected suicide bomber. The move is likely to raise questions about the deployment of military personnel on Britain's streets.

The army unit, composed of members of its Special Reconnaissance Regiment, had been seconded to the Metropolitan police and was working with undercover officers who were monitoring the south London flats in which de Menezes lived.

The soldiers have also been interviewed by the Independent Police Complaints Commission as part of its investigation into the events that led up to the death of the Brazilian electrician at Stockwell tube station last July. MoD officials and Army officers are said to have 'co-operated fully' with the inquiry. It is not known whether military personnel were interviewed under caution.

The MoD's own parallel inquiry into the events that led up to the shooting of the innocent 27-year-old will review and examine the procedures and command structures that allowed apparent surveillance failures to occur. The Crown Prosecution Service is deciding whether to bring criminal charges against any of those involved.

Defence sources said it was hypothetically possible that the soldiers could be disciplined under the military justice system, but only once the CPS had made its decision and police investigation had been completed.

'If there are lessons to be learnt procedurally from the inquiry they will happen very quickly,' a Whitehall source confirmed. 'We are now awaiting the findings of the [IPCC] report to see whether further action needs to be taken... though it may not be appropriate'.

One senior counter-terrorism said last night: 'I can't understand why non-police personnel were used to do something that important. They won't know police procedures. If you start using the army on the streets without a proper public debate it will end in disaster.'

It is believed that none of the plainclothes soldiers, whose regiment was formed only last April and which is based at the SAS headquarters in Hereford, was armed. They have developed specialist surveillance skills in Northern Ireland.

The IPCC inquiry is expected to focus on a series of communication problems between SO19, the specialist police firearms unit deployed at Stockwell and the surveillance teams. It was a soldier who incorrectly identified de Menezes as an 'IC one male' - the police description for a white man - when he left his flat. During the surveillance operation a soldier is said to have temporarily lost sight of de Menezes as he was relieving himself against a tree.

The Ministry of Defence said last night it could not comment while the inquiry was ongoing.
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31 Oct 2009, 01:03 #7

Menezes police officer gets top IPCC role

• Met aide to work for same body that criticised him
• Victim's family shocked by watchdog appointment

    * Vikram Dodd
    * guardian.co.uk, Friday 30 October 2009 19.53 GMT

A top Scotland Yard officer who was personally criticised for failings in the Jean Charles de Menezes shooting has been appointed to the leadership of the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

Commander Moir Stewart will be the IPCC's new director of investigations and a member of its management board.

Menezes was shot dead on July 22, 2005, after being mistaken by armed police for a suicide bomber.

At the time Stewart was a top aide to Met commissioner Sir Ian Blair, serving as his staff officer. The IPCC report into the killing of the innocent Brazilian found Stewart had failed to tell Blair of a "major" development, which suggested the wrong man had been shot. Blair claimed he did not know this until the next day despite many inside the force soon fearing that an innocent man had been killed.

Stewart was also a senior figure in the Met team at the Old Bailey trial in which the force was convicted of catastrophic failings in the case. During the trial the Menezes family claimed the Met had tried to smear the character of their loved one.

The Menezes family said Stewart's appointment was "shocking", a former top Met officer said it risked damaging the already fragile confidence in the police watchdog, while the IPCC said he was an "outstanding" candidate for the job.

Harriet Wistrich, solicitor for the De Menezes family described Stewart as "a shocking appointment" and issued a direct challenge to Stewart: "If he wants to obtain any confidence from complainants, we would expect him to disown the attempt to smear Jean Charles de Menezes at the health and safety trial."

During that trial the family were angered when the Met's barrister, Ronald Thwaites QC, suggested cocaine use by the Brazilian could cause "distortion of thought processes" and, when its direct effects wore off, anxiety manifesting itself as paranoia.

In its report the IPCC criticised Stewart and a fellow aide to Blair, Caroline Murdoch: "Ms Murdoch and chief superintendent Stewart, the commissioner's personal staff, were amongst those who became aware during the afternoon of 22 July of the discovery of a wallet containing a Brazilian identification document near the body of the shot man.

"Not keeping the commissioner informed about what was clearly a major development and critical matter for the force was a mistake on their part."

The IPCC recommended Stewart receive "constructive advice from his managers" after finding there was no evidence of misconduct against him: "An error of judgment does not amount to misconduct. It was a mistake not to keep the commissioner informed of critical events."

Stewart was subsequently promoted and is currently head of Scotland Yard's complaints department. One of the reasons the IPCC was created was because of concern the police could not investigate complaints against themselves.

The former top Met officer Brian Paddick and Stewart clashed over their evidence to the IPCC about what was known about the shooting in the commissioner's office on the day of the shooting.

Paddick told The Guardian that the appointment would do little to boost confidence in the IPCC: "Bearing in mind the IPCC criticised him over his decision making ability, to have him in charge of investigations is not likely to build community confidence."

"This is a controversial appointment bearing in mind his role in the Stockwell shooting."

"Stockwell is still a matter that has had a significant impact on people's attitude towards the police service in London."

Human right lawyers have criticised the IPCC's effectiveness and ability to hold the police to account. It was criticised over its handling of the investigation into the death of Ian Tomlinson at the G20 protests earlier this year. It failed to find key evidence, which only came to light after it was discovered by The Guardian.

In a statement, Moir Stewart said: "I'm delighted to be joining the IPCC which has a vital role in building public confidence in policing. I am confident I can contribute to that aim."

The IPCC added in a statement : "Mr Stewart underwent a rigorous and thorough selection process in order to be considered for the Director of Investigations post. This process identified him as an outstanding candidate with the necessary skills andexperience to lead this vital area of work."
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