So, the first criminal case involving the Metropolitan Police’s assassination of Jean Charles de Menezes has blamed no one, and put the fault down to ‘corporate failure’. How convenient.
Jean Charles was killed with six bullets to the head at point blank range in the weeks following 7/7, mistaken for a suicide bomber. Well, no. These were the ‘events’ of the death. But far more important was the system of management involved.
Hence, the corporate failure charge. But the point is, there is always someone in charge, and always someone who should take responsibility. So, Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair. Why are you still in your job?
© Anthony North, November 2007
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