Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Menezes Gun Police Clear but Top Officers Could Still Face Action; Inquiry: Commander Cressida Dick, Left, May Still Face Disciplinary Action over Shooting of Jean Charles De Menezes, Right

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Menezes Gun Police Clear but Top Officers Could Still Face Action; Inquiry: Commander Cressida Dick, Left, May Still Face Disciplinary Action over Shooting of Jean Charles De Menezes, Right

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Byline: JUSTIN DAVENPORT

THE police officers who shot innocent Brazilian Jean Charles de Menezes dead at Stockwell station were cleared of any disciplinary offences today.

However, four senior officers involved in the planning and running of the operation that led to his shooting could still face disciplinary action.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission said today that all those involved in the surveillance of Mr de Menezes and his shooting had been cleared of wrongdoing.

The watchdog added that no decision had been taken on the four senior officers. Mr de Menezes, 27, an electrician, was killed on 22 July, 2005 in a failed counter terrorist operation. Police mistook the Brazilian for a suicide bomber who was about to blow himself up on the Underground. He was shot eight times. The incident took place a day after four men allegedly tried to bomb the transport network.

The four senior of ficers include Commander Cressida Dick, who was in charge of the Operation Kratos strategy on the day. Others who could still face action include officers acting as her tactical advisers.

The IPCC said one of 11 officers, a surveillance officer, will be given management advice in relation to action he took after the incident. The watchdog found that a Special Branch logbook of the incident had apparently been altered to hide the fact Mr de Menezes had been initially wrongly identified. …

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