Cressida Dick claims police did nothing wrong
Deputy Assistant Commissioner Cressida Dick said: “If you are asking me did we do anything wrong or unreasonable, then I don’t think we did.”
Ms Dick, named as the “decision maker”, said his behaviour had contributed to her assessment of him as a bomber.
The designated officer for Operation Kratos – the Metropolitan Police’s codename for special tactics to deal with a suicide bomber – was asked by Nicholas Hilliard, QC for the coroner: “What went wrong?”
Ms Dick replied: “One thing that clearly went wrong was that we didn’t manage as a nation to prevent those attacks.
“Mr de Menezes was a victim of terrible and extraordinary circumstances that day and afterwards.
“He was extremely unfortunate to live in the same block as Hussain Osman, desperately unfortunate to look very like Hussain Osman, and the things he did in all innocence, the way he behaved getting on and off the bus, contributed to our assessment – my assessment – of him as a bomber.
I have no wish to preempt the inquest, but does this not in itself seem wrong? That someone acting normally can wind up being killed?
“But if you are asking me did we do anything wrong or unreasonable, then I don’t think we did.”
What a strange thing to say.
I think it’s unreasonable and wrong to kill an innocent man.
Again, I don’t wish to preempt the inquest, but I think it should be a concern that normal behaviour can compound suspicions to the extent that a suspect may be killed.
Also, the Telegraph reports that “Cressida Dick, the commander of a police firearms operation that mistakenly killed John Charles de Menezes, missed the start of an important meeting that morning because she went to the wrong room”.
I’ll try to get some more notes together from the transcripts – unfortunately the transcripts themselves run to over 200 pages a day! But I get the impression that the operation didn’t run smoothly, in a number of different ways, and their own guidelines and procedures weren’t followed. Clearly they were under a lot of pressure, but it would be nice to know if lessons have genuinely been learned.