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Mihail VIP Member

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#1 13 years ago
Brazil is to seek an explanation about how police in London shot and killed one of its citizens in the mistaken belief he could have been a suicide bomber. Jean Charles de Menenez, 27, was killed by officers on Friday as he tried to board a Tube train at Stockwell, south London. Brazil's Foreign Minister Celso Amorim is expected to demand an explanation from Foreign Secretary Jack Straw when the two hold talks on UN reform. A statement from officials in Sao Paulo said: "The government expects the British authorities to explain the circumstances that led to this tragedy." It added their citizen was "apparently the victim of a lamentable mistake". The Metropolitan Police said an inquest would be opened and adjourned into his death, which they described as a "tragedy". The shooting happened at 10am when armed plain clothes police officers shot Mr de Menenez as he tried to board a train at the underground station. He had emerged from a nearby house that was under surveillance because of a suspected link to Thursday's attempted bomb attacks. His clothing and behaviour added to the officers' suspicions. He caught a bus to Stockwell Tube where he was challenged by officers, who told him to stop. The man then bolted down an escalator, according to witnesses. It appears he tried to board a train before being shot five times in the head by an officer with an automatic pistol. Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair had said on Friday that the shooting was directly linked to anti-terror operations. However, Scotland Yard said: "We are now satisfied that he (the man) was not connected with the incidents of Thursday, July 21, 2005" Source

So why did they think he was a "terrorist"? Especially since they shot in 5 times in the head while he was trying to get on the train.




Nederbörd

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#2 13 years ago

Strange. How could a Brazilian possibly be associated to the London bombings?




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#3 13 years ago

1) he was wearing a heavy coat on a warm day, always a reason for suspicion. 2) he ran from the police. police in a city that was recently bombed. I might have shot him myself if I was in those officer's shoes. Nothing much more to say really, he brought it on himself by running.




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#4 13 years ago
he was wearing a heavy coat on a warm day, always a reason for suspicion.

Actually it was a light trench coat which is normally worn on rainy days.

he ran from the police. police in a city that was recently bombed.

From plain clothing cops who had guns.

I might have shot him myself if I was in those officer's shoes. Nothing much more to say really, he brought it on himself by running.

He looked arab, the cop shot.




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#5 13 years ago

Let that be a lesson to anyone who looks Arab to not look Arab.




silian

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#6 13 years ago

From ITN:

Family and friends of Mr Menezes said they had no reason to believe he was a suspect in the London bombings inquiry. They said he was an electrician who had been working legally in London for the past three years and spoke good English.

He could speak English but why the f**k didn't he stop when he was told to?




silian

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#7 13 years ago

From ITN:

Family and friends of Mr Menezes said they had no reason to believe he was a suspect in the London bombings inquiry. They said he was an electrician who had been working legally in London for the past three years and spoke good English.

He could speak English, so why the f**k didn't he stop when he was told to?




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#8 13 years ago
MihailFrom plain clothing cops who had guns.

The station would be packed, if three people shout at you to stop, chase you and shoot you 5 times infront of 100's of people they'd be pretty stupid if they weren't allowed to. (I'm thinking he was thinking they were... Not police. Or something.) He obviously had something to hide.




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#9 13 years ago

Hear that dripping sound? It's my heart bleeding. You run from the police and you deserve whatever comes your way, including a few 9mm rounds, whether you're guilty of a crime or not you are obstructing officers of the law in pursuit of the defence of the realm.

NederbördStrange. How could a Brazilian possibly be associated to the London bombings?

The same way some rat bastard traitor Englishmen could be associated with it. Nationality isn't much of an indication of character.




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#10 13 years ago

After he was shot and killed the london police said he was "directly linked" He was a DAILY communter, he had no reason to run, he was living in london for four years, it sounds more like BS from the police then "he ran away while the cops were chasing him"