No action against officers involved in De Menezes shooting

December 22nd, 2007 - 5:06 pm ICT by admin  

London, Dec 22 (ANI): No disciplinary action will be taken against four senior Metropolitan Police officers for the fatal shooting of Jean Charles De Menezes, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has announced.
Investigators decided no one could be held personally responsible for the “catastrophic errors” that resulting in the killing of an innocent man.
The four officers who will not face disciplinary action include Deputy Assistant Commissioner Cressida Dick and three officers identified as Silver, Trojan 84 and Trojan 80.
Eleven of the 15 officers scrutinised by the IPCC have already been told they are in the clear.
De Menezes was gunned down at Stockwell Tube on July 22, 2005 after police mistook him for a would-be suicide bomber.
The decision by the IPCC not to recommend disciplinary proceedings against four officers, including Deputy Assistant Commissioner Cressida Dick, commander of the operation, was a “scandal”, said relatives of De Menezes.
Vivian Figuierdo, a cousin of De Menezes, said: “It is premature for the IPCC to do this before an inquest where vital evidence about the actions of these officers could come to light. It’s the worst Christmas present we could get.”
The inquest will be the first time the two officers who fired the seven shots which killed De Menezes will be asked to testify about their actions in a public hearing and face cross-examination.
They had mistakenly believed he was a suicide bomber, The Independent reported.
But the IPCC, which has conducted two separate inquiries into the events of 22 July 2005, said it was unlikely that new evidence would emerge at the inquest.
The IPCC decided that any failures in the planning or management of the surveillance operation did not amount to personal misconduct.
A statement said: “The IPCC cannot foresee any circumstances in which new evidence might emerge which would cause any disciplinary tribunal to disregard the jury’s rider.” (ANI)

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