Friday, July 29, 2005

The Execution Of Jean Charles de Menezes

Xymphora has five great posts on the public execution of Jean Charles de Menezes by the British police and the ever-changing "facts" of the story.

Yesterday, in a New York Times Op-Ed, Haim Watzman defended the shooting, saying Mr. Menezes raised suspicions by "wearing a long coat out of place on a hot summer day jumping over a turnstile and running for a crowded subway train."

However, according to the Guardian (in a story published on the same day), the Metropolitan police have admitted that Mr. Menezes "was not wearing a heavy jacket that might have concealed a bomb, and did not jump the ticket barrier when challenged by armed plainclothes police."

1 comment:

Mario said...

This is definetly a dificult and delicate subject. The minute I heard about this (before it was clear that Menezes had nothing to do with the terrorist bombing), I was upset. Acording to witnesses he was shot after falling, so he could easily have been aprehended. I do however believe police employes are under a lot of stress in the UK. This is a very tragic event triggered by terrorism. The consequences of terrorism continues long after the actual attacks.