New film about de Menezes, killed by police

This music video is called Roger Waters – The ballad of Jean Charles de Menezes (subtitulado en español).

From British daily The Independent:

Film about de Menezes premieres in home town

By Jan Onoszko in Rio de Janeiro

Friday, 19 June 2009

The life story of the Brazilian man shot dead by police on a London Underground train because they believed he was a suicide bomber is celebrated in a film which premieres in his home town this evening.

The population of Gonzaga is expected to double in size as 10,000 people pack the town’s football ground for the first screening of the film, entitled Jean Charles.

Jean Charles de Menezes was 27 years old when Metropolitan Police officers fired seven bullets into his head at Stockwell Tube station on 22 July 2005. The force was found guilty of endangering public safety in a subsequent inquiry into the incident but no individual officers have been held accountable for his death.

The Gonzaga mayor, Esegenia-Maria Magalhaes, said: “We wish the town could have become known for other reasons, if it had to be known at all. What happened still has a profound effect on all of us. There’s a lot of indignation, pain, sadness, and Jean Charles is greatly missed. He was an ordinary boy who left us in search of a better life.”

The BBC commissioned the film and approached Henrique Goldman to direct and write it, but it later pulled out of the project because they didn’t agree on what perspective the film should take. “I don’t know why they pulled the plug,” said Goldman. He managed to keep the project going when the UK Film Council provided half the funding. “The Government which lets the police get away with murder also allows us to make the film,” said Goldman. “This schizophrenic behaviour is very British.”

Two female protesters who challenged police officers for not displaying their badge numbers were bundled to the ground, arrested and held in prison for four days, according to an official complaint lodged today: here.

2 thoughts on “New film about de Menezes, killed by police

  1. Former top cop bags over £4m of ill gotten gains

    Friday 19 June 2009

    Former Scotland Yard chief Sir Ian Blair was paid £580,000 during his final eight months in office, police figures have shown.

    The Metropolitan Police Commissioner more than doubled his annual £240,000 salary as he was forced from his job by Boris Johnson.

    Sir Ian resigned in December 2008 following a series of scandals, including the police shooting of innocent Brazilian electrician Jean Charles de Menezes in the wake of the June 2005 London Tube bombings and the subsequent cover-up of the circumstances of the incident.

    He also oversaw the June 2 2006 Forest Gate raid by 250 officers in which the innocent Mohammed Abdul Kahar was shot and wounded.

    Sir Ian was compensated for standing down before February 2010, when his five-year fixed-term contract was due to expire.

    On top of his payoff, Sir Ian, now 56, stands to collect a pension pot of some £3.5 million next February, worth at least £160,000 a year.


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