22nd July 2005 the Murder of Jean Charles de Menezes

Jean Charles de Menezes

Today we remember one of the great miscarriages of British justice of the present time, in which the British police – indeed the Metropolitan police, those paragons of English authority whose collective beats are more international and mutli-cultural than probably any other city in the world – were revealed as foul racists, shoot-first-ask-questions-later trigger-happy chancers who fudged the facts, lied, created hysteria and showed that they were – in a crisis – entirely incapable of their task. That they claimed to have mistaken a Portuguese-speaking olive-skinned South American man pleading for his life for a Muslim terrorist was offered as an excuse for pumping seven bullets into his head. English justice? I think not. And on the World Stage, too.

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