De Menezes verdict

Most of the time I have every sympathy for the police who are often doing a dangerous and thankless job (especially in these “leafy” parts of SW London) but the De Menezes shooting has always made me angry especially the implication that in dangerous times the normal rulebook should be chucked out. So I am “pleased” with the verdict that the police endangered the public. Obviously this is not a “pleasing” result for anyone and will have implications for the Met in particular but the police have to be held accountable when things go wrong and there were always things about the official account which did not sit straight. As no one person within the police would admit they got it wrong, they have to take collective responsibility for the tragic loss of an innocent life.

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