Link to this page: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/449/5362
From The Socialist newspaper, 20 July 2006
Jean Charles de Menezes:
Police not to face charges
THE FAMILY of Jean Charles de Menezes, the young Brazilian
electrician killed by police marksmen a year ago at Stockwell station in
south London, were furious when they heard that no police officers would
be prosecuted over the fatal shooting. Instead, they will bizarrely be
charged with breaching health and safety laws.
What the police did on that July day had nothing to do with health.
As an earlier article in the socialist said: "The police knew soon
after they shot Jean that they had not killed a terrorist. Strangely,
the CTTV cameras weren't working that day at Stockwell tube. But
witnesses say Jean wasn't acting suspiciously.
"He didn't jump barriers or disobey police instructions as they
said at the time. He only ran the last few steps as the train was in the
station - something everybody does - and sat down. Then he was jumped on
and shot seven times in the head."
The police have been obstructing the case inquiry throughout,
tampering with police logs etc., all to cover their tracks. As Jean's
cousin said: "By using these laws to cover up their own mistakes, they
are treating my cousin like a dead animal."
Once again the ruling establishment has defended itself through an
undemocratic and secretive state apparatus. Jean Charles' family are
considering their legal options.
Donate to the Socialist Party
Coronavirus crisis - Finance appeal
The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.
The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.
The government has now ripped up its 'austerity' mantra and turned to policies that not long ago were denounced as socialist. But after the corona crisis, it will try to make the working class pay for it, by trying to claw back what has been given.
- The Socialist Party's material is more vital than ever, so we can continue to report from workers who are fighting for better health and safety measures, against layoffs, for adequate staffing levels, etc.
- Our 'fighting coronavirus workers' charter', outlines a programme to combat the virus and protect workers' living conditions.
- When the health crisis subsides, we must be ready for the stormy events ahead and the need to arm workers' movements with a socialist programme - one which puts the health and needs of humanity before the profits of a few.
Inevitably, during the crisis we have not been able to sell the Socialist and raise funds in the ways we normally would.
We therefore urgently appeal to all our viewers to donate to our special coronavirus appeal.
In The Socialist 20 July 2006:
War and occupation
Stop the carnage
Lebanon: Israel's air war threatens regional war
Socialist Party NHS campaign
Fighting for the future of the NHS
Hundreds march to stop Labour's 'leeches'
West Mids march builds links
No to cuts, no to privatisation
Activists organise for action
What the Socialist Party says
Socialist Party campaigns
Low pay, no way!
Police not to face charges
Arrested on suspicion
Bury campaign SOCs it to the council
International socialist news and analysis
Anger in St Petersburg as the 'Big Eight' arrive
Kazakhstan: Shanyrak shanty town in revolt
Scottish Socialist Party
Serious crisis for Scottish Socialist Party
Campaign for a New Workers Party
Sea of sleaze rises around Blair
RMT rejects move back to New Labour...
Can the Left reclaim Labour?
Gordon Brown steps up attacks on the public sector
New Labour's attack on the sick and disabled
The Socialist 20 July 2006 |
Join the Socialist
Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777
Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206
Regional Socialist Party organisers:
Eastern: 079 8202 1969
East Mids: 077 3797 8057
London: 075 4018 9052
North East: 078 4114 4890
North West 079 5437 6096
South West: 077 5979 6478
Southern: 078 3368 1910
Wales: 079 3539 1947
West Mids: 024 7655 5620
Yorkshire: 077 0671 0041