A man who lost six family members in the Grenfell Tower disaster has made a formal complaint about the use of a police helicopter during the fire.
In a witness statement, seen by Channel 4 News, he claimed the helicopter offered a "'cruel and tortuous" hope to his family trapped on the 22nd floor that they would be rescued.*blinks* Really? Really?!?
He wants to know why the helicopter was deployed and whether the police considered what impact its presence could have on those trapped, Channel 4 News reported.Hell, I can answer that:
a) to survey the scene & relay vital information to the fire service and police, and
b) no, because their role is to deal with a life-threatening incident, not pander to the wild imaginings of Third Worlders who've never watched 'The Towering Inferno'...
Mr Choucair told the programme: "It made a big impact because they were living in hope that the helicopter was a rescue helicopter going to rescue them. So on the day, on the night, people were going up and down.
"And simply the reason they were going up was when they heard the helicopter and when they saw it - they thought, great, it's a rescue helicopter and they're coming to rescue us, rather than going down when they should have been."How many people in Grenfell Tower? How big is the police helicopter? How many trips (assuming it could land amid the smoke, which it self-evidently couldn't) would it take?
These people think like children. You might as well wish for Superman to rescue you.
Channel 4 News said the IPCC has referred the complaint to the Metropolitan Police.They should have had the courage to reject it there and then, and impart to Mr Coucair some hard-nosed reality.