The report below was written Jul 7, 2015 to mark the ten year anniversary of the 7/7 bombings in London but also to acknowledge the ten year fight of one man's family for British justice.
That man was Jean Charles de Menezes who was brutally slain by forces working post 7/7 to keep the streets of London safe.
Wrongly suspecting Jean Charles of being a suicide bomber they blew his brains out, literally, on a tube train in front of other passengers and with no warning.
A young, foreign man in a strange country which used to have a reputation for being a welcoming place to visit, was murdered by those supposed to protect us all.
You can argue it however you like but WE failed Jean Charles.
He was wrongly identified and targeted mainly due to his appearance and no person or persons will ever be brought to justice.
His family in desperation took their case to the ECHR, European Court of Human Rights, but Wednesday that court's judges ruled the British decision not to charge any UK police officer for his fatal shooting was basically fine.
His family will now to try to move on. Lessons may have been learned but that will not help them.
Op-Ed: As we remember the victims of the 7/7 deadly terror attacks in London in 2005 it seems appropriate that we also remember a young Brazilian man living in London who was brutally killed by police officers after they wrongly identified him as having links to terrorism.
Jean Charles da Silva e de Menezes [Jean Charles de Menezes] was 27 when he was gunned down. In the days and weeks following 7/7 the UK was on high alert and people were jittery.
Would more terror attacks be launched in the UK? Were there rogue elements with links to the 7/7 bombers still at large?
On July 21 it looked like another 7/7 was about to unfold. "A smell of burning rubber. Three rucksacks full of explosives ditched at Tube stations. An hour later, the same on an east London bus" and the perpetrators at large. It was a tough time for all in the UK, especially the police and security services but that does not excuse nor explain the brutality involved in killing Jean Charles da Silva e de Menezes on July 22.
Mr de Menezes had been under surveillance but it was a case of mistaken identity.
The authorities believed he had links to the 7/7 bombers but they were wrong.
On July 22, 2005, "He took a bus to Brixton tube station, before boarding another to Stockwell because the tube station at Brixton was closed." That looked like he was trying to 'lose' officers following him; officers who had wrongly identified him as one of the failed bombers, Hussain Osman, a resident in the same block of flats.
"It was shortly after this that Mr de Menezes got off the bus at Brixton, before boarding again. It was this decision which meant the Brazilian, according to the family's lawyer Michael Mansfield QC, was "virtually dead".
Police could have prevented Mr de Menezes from boarding any transport but they did not.
As passengers in one carriage looked on Mr de Menezes was killed as police fired seven bullets into his head at close range. The train was still at the platform with its doors open, having just been evacuated.
Contradictory reports by officers and witnesses followed.
Initial accounts suggested that Mr de Menezes had fled from armed officers by vaulting over barriers before stumbling on to an underground train, where the officers opened fire. One witness in the carriage, Mark Whitby, 47, whose account formed an important part of the subsequent reports, said he had seen a man who looked Pakistani "hotly pursued by what I knew to be three plain-clothes police officers".
Jean Charles da Silva e de Menezes non-white appearance, heightened fears he was a suicide bomber and the decision was made to 'take him out'.
10 years on his family are still seeking justice.
The police force involved did offer an apology describing the incident as "a tragedy, and one that the Metropolitan Police Service regrets but the family rejected this.
Commissioner Sir Ian Blair said immediately following the killing the IPCC, independent police complaints commission, would not be allowed access to the scene; internal investigations, delays, accusations, leaks and more followed.
No person or persons were ever held to account for his death.
At the inquest into his death in 2008 the jury were instructed they could only return a verdict of lawful killing or an open verdict
In June 2015 his family took his case to the European court of human rights (ECHR).
The current Tory government is trying to break free of the ECHR. It is using cases that have been 'shams' to further its aims but the case of Mr de Menezes illustrates why we need to maintain the ECHR status quo.
Rubbing salt into the wounds of the dead man's family "Undercover police 'spied on the de Menezes family' [as they grieved]: Secret probe after Brazilian was shot dead in catastrophic blunder" Daily Mail
July 22, 2015: Social media is remembering Jean Charles da Silva e de Menezes as his family still search for justice. Add #justice4jean and RT reports today "‘Brutal execution’: Jean Charles de Menezes vigil held 10yrs after counter-terror police shooting."
Related reading: July 7 London terror 10 year anniversary
2005 Police under pressure over Menezes leak the Guardian
Footnote: Edits thanks to comments below; please read the comments for detailed information.
There has been a mainstream media frenzy following the Paris attacks late last week and 24/7 rolling news has brought British citizens a mass of information and a fair amount of propaganda.
David Cameron has said this week he will make a case for the U.K. to be part of striking Daesh terrorists by launching air strikes in Iraq and Syria.
He has already confirmed billions will be spent on more spies although police numbers continue to be cut; weaponery also comes at a price and maybe more austerity budget cuts.
Cameron failed to get parliamentary support for such military action back in 2013; he was forced to accept that a majority in parliament and the country had no stomach for yet more military action.
However in the wake of terrible attacks across the channel in France he will be hoping his time has come.
And of course all this ties in with the current demonising of Jeremy Corbyn.
Corbyn will be forced between a rock and a hard place if and when Cameron holds a vote on any such military action in Syria.
Cameron could choose to use a special veto and go ahead with air strikes without the support of parliament but probably will not.
Instead the ground work for air strikes is being laid by the Tory press in a series of attacks on Corbyn.
Ultimately how he responds to U.K. military strikes in Syria may determine his political future as leader of the Labour Party and possible Prime Minister of the country.
It is worth remembering that Corbyn's comments are often seized upon and taken out of context. It is also worth remembering that post 7/7 in the U.K. a young Brazilian man living in London, Jean Charles da Silva e de Menezes was mistakenly shot and killed by police officers who had wrongly identified him as having links to the terrorists.
Targeted shoot to kill operations in foreign lands too many times result in the death of more innocents and escalate hatred solving little.
Mr. Corbyn may at times offer the voice of reason but in the days following the Paris terror attacks his critics will pounce on that as weakness.
Once again it looks like our freedom of politics is being undermined, if we allow it to happen.
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