Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Menezes Cop Wins Support

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Menezes Cop Wins Support

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FORMER Mayor of London Ken Livingstone today praised the police officer in charge when Jean Charles de Menezes was shot and hailed her as a "potential" Metropolitan Police Commissioner.

He said Cressida Dick was one of the "most talented" officers he had worked with.

A jury yesterday returned an open verdict at the inquest into the death of Brazilian Mr de Menezes, whom police mistook for a suicide bomber the day after four botched attacks on the London public transport system.

In giving their verdict, jury members rejected police accounts of the shooting and the Scotland Yard argument that the killing had been lawful.

In an interview with the BBC Radio 4 Today programme, Mr Livingstone said police deserved criticism for the errors they made which led to the shooting.

But he praised Ms Dick, adding that she has "Commissioner potential".

Asked if there should be criminal or civil cases brought against Ms Dick and other senior officers, Mr Livingstone replied: "No. …

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