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Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Leaked Report on Man Shot at Stockwell Tube Station

Report claims mistakes led to London Underground shooting

If only to underline why I'm totally against the police carrying guns on board trains (see yesterday's post below), right now
newspapers everywhere are reporting on the leaked report from ITV News who obtained secret documents and photographs supposedly from an Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) report which is investigating why police shot Jean Charles De Menezes dead in a London Underground carriage.

ITV News report "The documents and photographs confirm that Jean Charles was not carrying any bags, and was wearing a denim jacket, not a bulky winter coat, as had previously been claimed.

He was behaving normally, and did not vault the barriers, even stopping to pick up a free newspaper.

He started running when we saw a tube at the platform. Police had agreed they would shoot a suspect if he ran
."

Metro front cover"A document describes CCTV footage, which shows Mr de Menezes entered Stockwell station at a "normal walking pace" and descended slowly on an escalator.

The document said: "At some point near the bottom he is seen to run across the concourse and enter the carriage before sitting in an available seat
."

Obviously there is going to be a lot of speculation about the authenticity of the documents and particularly how they came to be leaked. Most newspapers and sites now show the picture of a man, one presumes Jean Charles De Menezes, lying sprawled on a bloodied tube carriage floor.

According to the BBC "The IPCC has said it will not comment on its investigation........ In a statement, the IPCC said it does not know where the documents came from and that its priority was to keep Mr de Menezes family informed."


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