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Health and Safety 13 – operation had “no structure”

Posted in de Menezes by ukliberty on October 11, 2007

The BBC:

The jury also heard evidence of a police log of events on the day when the innocent Brazilian was shot dead on a Tube train on 22 July 2005.

The log recorded criticisms of the operation by Commander Cressida Dick, the operations room commander at Scotland Yard on the day.

She was recorded saying that the first hour of the operation had “no structure”.

The case was adjourned until Friday.

Wasn’t Cressida Dick in charge of the operation?

In an older article,

the Met’s defence said prosecutors were describing events in “near ignorance” of how police operate.

Indeed, I think we all assumed that an operations room wouldn’t be filled with non-essential staff, that they would be able to hear each other and the radio, that the commander of the operation would have ensured it had structure if there wasn’t one to begin with, and that they wouldn’t kill anyone unless they were certain he was a lethal threat, etc.

How ignorant we were.

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