Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Menezes Officers Tell of Control Room Noise and Chaos

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Menezes Officers Tell of Control Room Noise and Chaos

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Byline: JACK LEFLEY

OFFICERS involved in the pursuit of Jean Charles de Menezes today criticised chaotic scenes in the police control room on the day he was shot.

A Special Branch operations room boss, whose identity was withheld, claimed he was not even aware the Brazilian electrician had been identified as failed suicide bomber Hussain Osman.

He also told Mr de Menezess inquest how he did not know who was in charge amid noisy scenes at New Scotland Yard. There were no clear lines of communication, he told a jury at the Oval cricket ground.

Despite his duties to assist Deputy Assistant Commissioner Cressida Dick, the detective superintendent, known only as Brian, said he was bypassed on many details. He said: It was noisier than normal. There was a large amount of officers in a small room. When asked about communication between surveillance and the control room, he replied: I think at times they were struggling.

The noise levels certainly did not lessen. …

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