The police did nothing wrong in the run-up to the shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes, the senior officer in charge on the day has told an inquest.And yet, an innocent man was mistaken for a suicide bomber and gunned down. Hard to reconcile…
Deputy Assistant Commissioner Cressida Dick said: "If you are asking me did we do anything wrong or unreasonable, then I don't think we did."
Ms Dick, named as the "decision maker", said his behaviour had contributed to her assessment of him as a bomber.Really? What behaviour?
At the time, there was a lot of talk of his ‘suspicious’ behaviour, most of which turned out to be outright lies or fairly normal behaviour for anyone running for a train.
The designated officer for Operation Kratos - the Metropolitan Police's codename for special tactics to deal with a suicide bomber - was asked by Nicholas Hilliard, QC for the coroner: "What went wrong?"He lived in the same block? So what, so did a lot of other men. Didn’t you issue a mugshot of the person you were looking for, as is standard practice?
Ms Dick replied: "One thing that clearly went wrong was that we didn't manage as a nation to prevent those attacks.
"Mr de Menezes was a victim of terrible and extraordinary circumstances that day and afterwards.
"He was extremely unfortunate to live in the same block as Hussain Osman, desperately unfortunate to look very like Hussain Osman, and the things he did in all innocence, the way he behaved getting on and off the bus, contributed to our assessment - my assessment - of him as a bomber.
He looked ‘very like Hussain Osman’? Really?
And his ‘behaviour getting on and off the bus’ is pretty easy to explain under the circumstance of the travel problems that day.
This is it? This is the defence put forward by this supposed ‘high flyer’ at the Met for the bungled gunning down of an innocent citizen? ‘Oh, well, he looked like the target and was acting shifty, and we had a lot on our plates, and it could happen to anyone really…’
That this arse-covering, weaselling creature holds a high position in the Met tells you everything you need to know about the dangers of overpromoting people beyond their competence simply to score a tick in the 'diversity' box...