Thursday, August 18, 2005

Chain of command

A thought on the Jean Charles de Menezes shooting.

When a man has been shot by police officers on suspicion of being a suicide bomber I would expect the chief constable to have spoken to the operation commander at the very least. Likewise, I would have expected the operational commander to have spoken to all of the officers involved.

If, as seems likely, Sir Ian Blair ended up giving a false representation of events to the public there are four possibilities.

1. The officers at the scene colluded to lie to the operational commander.
2. The operational commander lied to Sir Ian
3. Sir Ian lied to the public.
4. They were all involved

It should be extremely simple to get to the bottom of this.