De Menezes killer promoted to London police chief

This video says about itself:

JEAN CHARLES (Henrique Goldman, 2009) – Full Movie

18 May 2013

The tragic true story of Jean Charles de Menezes, the innocent Brazilian shot dead by British police in 2005 at the height of the London terrorist alerts.

The film was directed by Henrique Goldman and received its international premiere at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival. Selton Mello stars as Jean Charles with many of the other roles played by the actual friends and family of Jean Charles de Menezes. Award winning director Stephen Frears was an executive producer for the film.

By Felicity Collier in England:

New Met chief Dick ran op which killed Menezes

Thursday 23rd February 2017

Families express horror at appointment to top job

THE family of Jean Charles de Menezes yesterday condemned the decision to appoint Cressida Dick — who ran the operation that killed him — as Metropolitan Police Commissioner.

They have “serious concerns” about the appointment of Ms Dick, who was in charge of an anti-terror operation which misidentified Mr de Menezes as a suicide bomber. He was shot seven times in the head at point-blank range in 2005.

The family said: “We had to face a tragedy that no family should ever have to experience; the tragic death of a loved one at the hands of those we entrusted to serve us and protect us.”

Mr de Menezes was killed while trying to board a train at Stockwell Tube station.

The 27-year-old Brazilian electrician had been on his way to repair a broken fire alarm, but was killed after being misidentified as being involved in a failed bomb attack the previous day.

It was later revealed that prior to his death he had been put under surveillance by the Met as he lived in the same building as two terror suspects.

Then-commander Ms Dick went to trial for breaching health and safety laws before eventually being cleared of blame by a jury.

In 2007 the Independent Police Complaints Commission decided it would not discipline any other front-line or surveillance officers as it said there was no prospect of charges being upheld.

The relatives of Mr de Menezes sought justice and brought a case to the European Court of Human Rights in 2015, but lost on grounds that there was insufficient evidence against any individual officer.

Immediately after killing Mr de Menezes, the police are known to have lied about the circumstances and altered evidence.

It was revealed in 2014 that the de Menezes family had been spied on by the police following their son’s death.

Ms Dick was recommended for the £270,000-a-year top post by Home Secretary Amber Rudd.

In making her decision, Ms Rudd took on board the views of Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, who claimed Ms Dick had had a “distinguished” career.

Ms Dick was promoted to Deputy Assistant Commissioner just over a year after the execution of Mr de Menezes.

She also holds the Queen’s Police Medal for distinguished service.

Monday, 11 February 2019: SACK POLICE CHIEF DICK! says Jean Charles de Menezes campaign.

‘Terrorism no pretext to kill innocent people’

This video says about itself:

JEAN CHARLES (Henrique Goldman, 2009) – Full Movie

18 May 2013

The tragic true story of Jean Charles de Menezes, the innocent Brazilian shot dead by British police in 2005 at the height of the London terrorist alerts.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Corbyn reiterates dangers of shoot to kill

Wednesday 18th November 2015

JEREMY CORBYN said yesterday that he supports the police using any “strictly necessary force” needed to prevent terror attacks, writes Luke James.

The Labour leader reiterated his concerns over the “clear dangers” of the so-called shoot-to-kill policy.

He alluded to the case of Jean Charles de Menezes, who was shot dead at a London Tube station in 2005 by officers who mistakenly believed he was a terrorist.

Mr Corbyn said the Paris terror attacks must not be “used to undermine the very freedoms and legal protections we are determined to defend.”

But he added: “Of course I support the use of whatever proportionate and strictly necessary force is required to save life in response to attacks of the kind we saw in Paris.”

Mr Corbyn clarified his position after comments he made on Monday sparked a row within the party over shoot-to-kill.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan Howe defended the use of lethal force to stop terrorists but insisted no such policy existed.

When terror struck New York in 2001, what should have been a police operation to arrest Bin Laden instead became a new Thirty Years’ War. None of us are any more secure for it, argues NICK MATTHEWS: here.

Murdoch spied on de Menezes family?

This video from London, England says about itself:

8 January 2010

Yesterday, the family of Jean Charles de Menezes unveiled a permanent memorial outside Stockwell underground station. Jean Charles, a Brazilian electrician, was shot dead at the station by armed police officers on 22nd July 2005.

Vivian Figueiredo, Jean’s cousin, said on behalf of the family: Jean Charles was not the first person to be killed unjustly by the police and he won’t be the last. But we hope that through our campaign, we have raised awareness of the importance of police accoutability and how families should always be told the truth about how their loved one has died. To this day, not a single police officer has been disciplined or punished in any way for the deliberate shooting of an innocent man and the cover-up that followed. This is a public scandal and this memorial stands testament to that.

The memorial replaces the “shrine” to Jean’s memory which had been created and maintained by members of the public alongside Jean’s family since the immediate aftermath of his death in 2005.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

De Menezes cousin may have been victim

Thursday 14 July 2011

Police told the family of Jean Charles de Menezes today that they may have been the victims of phone hacking by the News of the World.

The phone number of Alex Pereira, a cousin of Mr de Menezes – who was gunned down by police in a case of mistaken identity in 2005 was found on the phone-hacking list.

The family called on David Cameron to broaden the hacking inquiry to look at alleged police leaks to the media during the investigation into the killing.

In a letter to the Prime Minister they said: “We are conscious that the newspapers owned by News International provided some of the most virulent and often misleading coverage around Jean’s death and its aftermath.

“Throughout the investigation, misinformation continued to be leaked to the press that attempted to besmirch Jean’s character.”

A spokesman for the Justice4Jean campaign said the family were “deeply pained” at the news and feared that “the police may be attempting to cover up their own wrongdoing once more relating to this case” by not coming forward with the information earlier.

See also here.

Rupert Murdoch refuses to appear before Parliament: here.

Rupert on the Run: News Corp‘s UK Future in Doubt as MPs Turn on Murdoch: here.

USA: FBI looking into alleged News Corp (aka Murdoch) phone hacking of 9/11 victims: here. And here.

Has Roger Ailes Hacked American Phones for Fox News? Here.

Permanent Menezes memorial in London

From British daily The Independent:

Permanent memorial to Menezes agreed

By Chris Greenwood, PA

Thursday, 10 December 2009

A memorial to Jean Charles de Menezes will be erected permanently at the London Underground station where he was shot dead by police.

Relatives said Transport for London (TfL) has agreed to allow a colourful mosaic picture of the Brazilian to remain at Stockwell Tube station.

The move ends several years of arguing between the two parties about an enduring monument to his death on July 22, 2005.

The mosaic, created by local artist Mary Edwards, will replace an improvised pavement shrine of flowers, candles, pictures and newspaper articles.

Vivian Figueiredo, a cousin of Mr Menezes who lived with him before his death, said she was pleased at the decision.

She said: “The pain of never achieving justice for Jean’s killing continues to haunt us every day.

“But knowing his memory will be kept alive in the local community through this memorial is a tribute we could not have dreamed of.

“We thank all the members of the public who have supported us from the bottom of our hearts.”

Mr Menezes, 27, was shot dead by counter-terrorist officers hunting for would-be suicide bomber Hussain Osman on the day after the failed July 21 attacks.

The shooting provoked a series of wide-ranging inquiries which hauled police tactics, supervision and individual decisions over the coals.

Coroner Sir Michael Wright recorded an open verdict at the end of a multimillion-pound inquest last year after a jury rejected the police account of the shooting.

The family accepted a six-figure compensation deal from the Metropolitan Police last month.

The Menezes mozaic in London

The inquest into the death of a man shot dead by a police marksman involved in the death of innocent Brazilian Jean Charles de Menezes has resumed at Folkestone magistrates’ court.

Play on Jean Charles de Menezes’ death

From London daily The Morning Star:


Tricycle Theatre, London, NW6

Monday 14 September 2009

by Tom Mellen

IF the war that British troops in Afghanistan have been waging in our name for over eight years is making us safer, why does insecurity and fear seem to pervade our society more than ever?

The July 7 2007 attacks on the London public transport network that killed 52 civilians, the dud copycat attacks of July 21 that year and the killing of a young Brazilian electrician by armed police at Stockwell Tube the next day – all these bloody incidents flowed from the logic of the war on terror.

Kieron Barry‘s 90-minute piece at the Tricycle Theatre in Kilburn on the inquest into the shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes is more than an account of that process, which returned an open verdict.

The play, every line of which is taken verbatim from the transcripts of the 10-week inquest, forces us to ask questions about the nature of our relationship with the rest of the world – and the relationship between “foreign policy” and domestic security.

See also here.

The family of murdered Brazilian Jean Charles de Menezes has confirmed they had agreed a compensation deal with the Metropolitan Police: here.

The family of Jean Charles de Menezes, the man killed by police in 2005, look set to receive just £100,000 compensation: here.

After a four and a half year struggle for justice, the family of Jean Charles de Menezes has been forced to make an out-of-court settlement with the Metropolitan Police. The family could have received just a third of the £300,000 compensation award they were seeking: here.

London De Menezes memorial mosaic

The Jean Charles de Menezes mural outside Stockwell Tube station in London

From British daily The Morning Star:

Mosaic presented to remember de Menezes

Wednesday 22 July 2009

by Lizzie Cocker

Grieving relatives have unveiled a colourful mosaic picture of Jean Charles de Menezes at a ceremony marking the fourth anniversary of his murder.

After more than a year of trying to get a response from Transport for London, the Justice for Jean Charles de Menezes Campaign has also launched an online petition called Never Forget.

The campaign calls on the public and London Mayor Boris Johnson to support the permanent placing of the memorial outside Stockwell Tube station in London, where Mr de Menezes was shot dead by police.

His family hope that the mosaic will replace the shrine of candles, flowers, pictures and newspaper articles that have been placed there since police marksmen fatally mistook the 27-year-old Brazilian for a suicide bomber in 2005.

Leading Menezes family campaign member Asad Rehman said supporters also want to meet Mr Johnson in the near future to ensure the shooting is not forgotten.

“It’s a memorial not only to the memory of Jean but a testament to the struggle of an ordinary family in London, a struggle for truth and justice,” he said.

Mr de Menezes’ cousin Vivian Figueirdo, who helped to create the artwork under the instruction of Stockwell artist Mary Edwards, was joined at the ceremony by family members including cousins Patricia da Silva Armani and Alex Pereira.

Ms Figueirdo said: “We think there should be something permanent because it has to be cared for. We want something to stay forever and Mary had the idea of making a mosaic.”

She added: “”It is unbelievable that it is four years since this happened. We have been through all the steps we can to try and fight for justice.”

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.

Pet Shop Boys song on Menezes killing

From British daily The Morning Star:

Pet Shop Boys track attacks Menezes shooting

Tuesday 17 March 2009

THE B-side of the new Pet Shop Boys single was written about Jean Charles de Menezes, it was revealed on Tuesday.

We’re All Criminals Now is the second track on the Love Etc CD and includes the lyrics “Got the bus to the station/Music playing in my head/Ran to get on the Tube train/Police shoot someone dead.”

The evergreen electro-pop duo said the song was a comment on the erosion of civil liberties.

Neil Tennant said: “The B-side of the single is about the shooting of Menezes and surveillance cameras and how when you go to the USA you have to give your fingerprints like a common criminal.

“We’re all treated like that, but yet it ends up with someone innocent getting shot, so we feel very strongly about that.”

Mr de Menezes, an electrician from Brazil, was shot dead by two police marksmen on a train at Stockwell Tube station in south London on July 22 2005 after he was mistaken for failed July 21 bomber Hussain Osman.

An inquest jury returned an open verdict in December after hearing three months of evidence.

See also here.

De Menezes killed without warning in London

This video is called JEAN CHARLES (Henrique Goldman, 2009) – Full Movie. The tragic true story of Jean Charles de Menezes, the innocent Brazilian shot dead by British police in 2005 at the height of the London terrorist alerts.

Another video from Britain used to say about itself:

The killing of Jean-Charles de Menezes, featuring a contrast of false case details in colour against known true case details in black and white. It was selected for screening at the Academy of Machinima Arts & Sciences 2005 Machinima Film Festival and shown on the IFC.

By Marcus Morgan and Paul Mitchell in Britain:

Britain: Eyewitnesses reveal Jean Charles De Menezes shot without warning

18 November 2008

“I remember that his eyes were closed and I remember that he had … you know, it’s a hard thing to try to explain but his eyes were closed and he looked almost calm, which again I hesitate to say that, but … I guess he had a gun pressed, and there wasn’t very much he could do about it.”

This haunting recollection of commuter Anna Dunwoodie was one of several eyewitness accounts recently heard at the public inquest into the death of innocent Brazilian immigrant electrician Jean Charles de Menezes, which revealed more inconsistencies and contradictions in the official police version of his killing.

No commuters were called to give evidence at last year’s Metropolitan Police health and safety trial over the shooting. This is the first time they have told their stories in public. It is also the first time the two officers who shot de Menezes have given evidence. The inquest has been adjourned until December 1, when the coroner will begin summing up the evidence.

Britain: More revelations about secret shoot-to-kill policy at de Menezes inquest: here.


Update 5 December 2008: here.

Jean Charles de Menezes: Shot, then slandered and still no justice: here. And here.


‘Action must be taken against the officers responsible for my cousin’s death’ says relative of Jean Charles De Menezes: here.

Britain: Jury verdict over killing of Jean Charles de Menezes demolishes police lies: here.

Ricky Bishop was a young black father and volunteer fitness trainer who died in 2001 after being detained at Brixton police station: here.

London Menezes scandal police chief resigns

This video from England is called Jean Charles De Menezes CCTV Footage & The Story so far.

From British daily News Line:

Friday, 3 October 2008

BLAIR SACKED! – in the second week of the de Menezes inquest

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Ian Blair, who presided over the death of Jean Charles de Menezes and supported the right of police to shoot to kill ‘terror suspects’, resigned yesterday afternoon.

Blair was a known supporter of the Blair/Brown governments and supported ex-premier Blair’s demand for 90-days detention without charge.

He will not be missed by the families of Jean Charles de Menezes and Azelle Rodney who were both shot to death by armed police squads and whose families are still demanding justice and that the police officers responsible stand trial.

Commissioner Blair was sacked by right-wing Tory mayor Boris Johnson who wants a police chief who will work better with the Tories.

In a statement, the de Menezes family said of Blair’s resignation: ‘Sir Ian Blair should be ultimately accountable for the death of Jean Charles de Menezes.

‘We believe he bears responsibility for the lies told about Jean.

‘He tried to stop the Independent Police Complaints Commission investigating the death.

‘He and the Metropolitan Police still refuse to accept full responsibility for Jean’s death.

‘His resignation changes nothing for us.’

See also here.

Black officers to begin recruitment boycott at Met: here.

Met officer altered key De Menezes evidence: here.

De Menezes inquiry: officer admits to altering his notes: here.

Britain: Lies begin to unravel in police murder of Jean Charles de Menezes: here.

De Menezes update 30 October 2008 here. And here.

4 November 2008: here.

The fatal shooting of Azelle Rodney in Edgware, London in April 2005 by members of the Metropolitan Police’s CO19 unit: here. See also here.