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Jean Charles de Menezes: Reintroduction of Capital Punishment

John Simkin

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No police officers are to be prosecuted over the fatal shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes at a Tube station last July. But the Metropolitan force will be charged under health and safety laws.

The Crown Prosecution Service said there was "insufficient evidence" to prosecute any individual over the death at Stockwell, south London, on 22 July.

Alex Pereira, a cousin of Brazilian Mr Menezes, 27, who was shot seven times in the head, said the decision was "unbelievable" and "ridiculous".

It does seem that the police are free to carry out public executions. At least when we had capital punishment, the police had to provide evidence before someone was executed.

We will no doubt have a series of white people saying this policy is a price worth paying in order to stop a terrorist act. I wonder if they would say that if their children could be mistaken for a muslim?

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