London’s police chief, Ian Blair, is expected to be cleared of lying in connection with the killing of an innocent man in 2005.
Commissioner Naseem Malik of the Independent Police Complaints Commission described the moment when the 27 year-old Brazilian man was shot. She said the man was doing nothing out of the ordinary. “There was no action he could have consciously taken that would have saved him,” she added. Detectives mistook Jean Charles de Menezes for a terrorist as he boarded an underground train in London. They shot him seven times in the head. They claimed De Menezes’ clothing and behavior was suspicious. The long-awaited report by Britain’s independent police watchdog concludes that Commissioner Ian Blair did not lie to the public over the affair. Blair claims he did not know an innocent man had been shot until 24 hours later.
The victim’s cousin Alessandro Pereira expressed the family’s sentiments. “We have waited two years for this, and it is so painful to hear that senior officers deliberately lied,” he said. The head of London’s police specialist operations, Andy Hayman, is expected to come in for criticism for failing to pass on the information of the killing immediately. The shooting of the young Brazilian occurred when British police were tracking potential suicide bombers following the July 7 terrorist attacks.