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UK: IPCC report is damning indictment against Metropolitan Police Service Menezes Family say
01 August 2007
Menezes family statement
No justice for Jean Charles: The police misled us all over the shooting of our cousin. Someone must now be held accountable
by Patricia de Silva Armani and Allesandro Pereira (Guardian, link)
Independent Police Complaints Commission: Report into information released by the Metropolitan Police after the shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes
(142 pages, pdf)
"The family complained that the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, alone or with others, released inaccurate public statements concerning the circumstances of his death, concurred with inaccurate information, or failed to correct such information. The officers subject to investigation were Sir Ian Blair, Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis, and Assistant Commissioner Andrew Hayman.
In relation to statements made on 22 July, the complaint against the Commissioner is not substantiated and there is no evidence of misconduct. However the Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA) should consider why the Commissioner remained uninformed of key information emerging during 22 July 2005.
The investigation report finds that the matters relating to Assistant Commissioner Andrew Hayman are substantiated. It is recommended that the MPA consider what action they intend to take concerning the conduct issues identified in relation to AC Hayman.
The report concludes that AC Hayman's actions in relation to his briefing the Crime Reporters' Association (CRA), at about 4.30 p.m., and then misleading the attendees at the 5.00 p.m. management board meeting and sub-meeting led to inaccurate or misleading information being released by the Metropolitan Police.
See also: Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) announces that no charges will be brought against the officers who shot Jean Charles de Menezes at Stockwell tube station on 22 July 2005: Press release: Menezes killing
(link) and Jean Charles de Menezes Family Campaign Public Meeting: Justice for Jean - Two years too long to wait for justice