Friday, 2 November 2007

Those lying bastards - The Metropolitan Police Force

You lying bastards, all of you, especially you, Sir Ian Blair. And today, you were all found guilty in a court of law. Anyone else would have been sent to jail, instead you were given a slap on a wrist and told to get on your way. You shot an innocent man seven times in the head. You then lied and covered up your tracks. Your politician puppet masters supported you, despite the fact you murdered an ordinary man on his way to work.

Normally I do not get involved with politics. In any interviews I have given, I have been completely neutral. In all my blogs and articles that I have written and on any internet site where my profile is stuck up, I am completely neutral. But not today.

To those top dogs in the Metropolitan Police. You betrayed out trust! As an ordinary person living in this city, I have this to state: You bastards killed, in cold blood, an innocent man. And then instead of admitting fault have squirmed and wriggled yourself away from him. Well, it does not work like that. And please, we are not from Shropshire, treat us with a little intelligence. You should have at least had the decency to admit that you made a mistake.

No other police force has fucked up as much as the MET. After 7/7 and 21/7, the police had all the goodwill of the city behind them. Londoners from all walks of life wanted to catch the terrorists. No one wanted to see such carnage again and after the failings of 21/7, we all thanked the heavens for a lucky escape.

But on 22nd July 2005, the police ripped that to shreds. By killing Jean Charles de Menezes, they took all the trust and faith that Londoners had in them and defecated all over the city. So sad, that even after Steven Lawrence, it is quite clear that de Menezes was shot because he was not white, pure and simple. And with that one act (or seven, as that was the amount of bullets pumped into his head) the MET Police reverted to its usual position of ‘Working for a Safer London’.

The reason why I am so angry is that the police force in this country have the ultimate power over you and me. If a policeman stops you, there is nothing you can do. It maybe cliché, but with that power comes a huge responsibility. On July 22nd, 2005, the police abused that power and had the responsibility of a group of thugs. The UK condemns countries such as Zimbabwe, Iran and North Korea for their human rights abuses, but shooting a man on his way to work is a fundamental abuse of anyone’s right to simply live.

The saddest thing is that the killing of Jean Charles de Menezes actually saved the lives of many Londoners. People, like myself would have become legitimate targets for the police. For instead of adopting an investigative approach to the attacks on our public transport, the police decided to employ tactics akin to the Wild West. I really feel bad for saying this, but the slaughter at Stockwell has actually made London a safer place. It is sad to say that if de Menezes had come from a place other than Brazil, the outcry would not have been the same. Could you imagine a case in the High Court if an innocent man from Pakistan was shot?

The simple thing is this. If a terrorist has a bomb you can run. It may not be very far, but you have a fighting chance. If a police marksman holds a gun to your head, you are at his mercy. The issuing of guns to the police is something that is still uncommon in the UK. Police marksman are paid a phenomenal amount as they are trained to control themselves and to concentrate on the powerful tool in their hands, rather than on their mortgage repayments. And the people that gave those orders should hang their heads in shame for not even having the decency to own up. Instead you have squirmed like a pack of worms. It is disgusting that this is how crime fighting is carried out in the capital.

Many people may argue that the police have a right to shoot in order to protect themselves. I do not buy that argument. Like an army soldier, the police are, in effect, paid to be a human shield. Like a soldier, no one wants to see someone from the police force die in the line of duty. But that is precisely what they signed up for. Being a policeman is a dangerous job, which is why they are given such powers in order to protect themselves, as well as the rest of us. They must exercise that power with care and diligence. That did not happen at Stockwell.

It is disgusting that not one person will even face a manslaughter charge after this, and for the family of Jean Charles de Menezes, their pain will never cease. My thoughts and prayers are with them today. It is only a small chink that they have made in the armour of the police force. I do not know what will happen next. But unfortunately, I do not think the result will be better policing for Londoners and their city.

Jean Charles de Menezes. Born in Minas Gerais 7/1/78. Killed in London 22/7/05 aged only 27. Rest in Peace.


Anonymous said...

I have a number of issues with what you have posted here, but perhaps the most egregious mistake is your omitting of the name Hussein Osman. Who he? Well, he is of course the man who tried to blow up his fellow Londoners less than 24 hours before the death of Mr. de Menezes, and who the police believed they were killing when they shot the Brazilian dead.

Much criticism of the police action in this case exists in a convenient bubble, analysing the mistakes made and the actions taken without considering that - at the time - they were operating under pressures that are unprecedented in our city. It was a fact, as the armed officers followed Mr. de Menezes down onto the platform, that a day before four suicide bombers had been foiled only by their own incompetence at basic chemistry. It was a fact that one fortnight previously, four men had succeeded in their attempt at taking their own lives and the lives of others. The police were under enormous stress to prevent another attack. If anybody can solely be blamed for the death of Mr. de Menezes, then it is surely Hussein Osman, and his accomplices and the 7th July bombers.

This does not excuse the mistakes made by the police, and the subsequent cover-up. But your opinion piece at no point considers what the police officers were facing, and merely curdles their behaviour it in silly accusations of racism and ignorant suggestions like the police are "human shields". Erm, no, they are most certainly not, and as a former police officer myself I can guarantee you that any officer of the law would bristle at such a wrongheaded label.

el director! said...

I appreciate your point of view. Like me, you also have strong feelings on the case. Note my reply to your comment.