Did this man know something he shouldn't?
Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 07:49 AM
I have to ask the question, because new information has come out about the shooting by London police of Brazilian Jean Charles de Menezes.Jean Charles de Menezes, a 27-year-old electrician, was shot eight times last month in front of terrified commuters on a subway train. Supposedly, undercover police tailed him from a house that was under their surveillance.
Police at first said the shooting was related to the failed bombings on the London transit system July 21st. Sir Ian Blair, commissioner of London's Metropolitan Police said that it appeared that de Menezes was challenged by officers and would not obey their instructions.
However, ITV News has conducted an investigation into the shooting (Hey, US MSM: investigative journalism! Try it sometime!), and have come up with some startling facts:
Citing security footage, a British television station reported Tuesday that Menezes entered the Stockwell subway station at a normal walking pace, stopping to pick up a newspaper before boarding a train and taking a seat.
The ITV News broadcast, citing an investigation report into the shooting, also said Menezes was wearing a light denim jacket when he was shot seven times in the head and once in the shoulder. Witness reports described a terrifying scene of the man - wearing a bulky jacket on a warm July day - running through the train station, being tackled by a group of undercover police officers, then being shot several times at close range.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission, which is investigating the shooting, refused Wednesday to comment on the veracity of the documents cited by ITV News.
So, SEVEN SHOTS TO THE HEAD to a man that was LEISURELY WALKING into the station, BOUGHT A NEWSPAPER, wearing a LIGHT DENIM JACKET...
I can't imagine a suicide bomber stopping to pick up a copy of the paper to read while he blows himself up.
I hope ITV or other investigative journalists can figure out the rest of the story.