De Menezes inquest starts: at last a coroner’s jury will get the case

Amnesty reported on Monday, 22 September, 2008, that at long last the coroner’s inquest into the shooting of innocent Brazilian electrician Jean Charles de Menezes in a London Underground train by plain clothes officers of the Metropolitan Police in July, 2005.

This is important because it will be the first time a jury hears detailed evidence and decides what happened in the shooting. In November 2007, a jury heard evidence about how the Metropolitan Police handled the response to  serious terrorism, and found the Commissioner, Sir Ian Blair, guilty of failing his duty to protect members of the public, including Jean Charles de Menezes.

This was an affair that brought British law enforcement, and the capital, into disrepute.  It’s important that they get this right.