"Oops" says UK police to de Menezes' family
Metropolitan Police Authority (National)
Statement By Len Duvall, Chair Of The Metropolitan Police Authority
I want to express, once again, the MPA's deepest condolences to the family and friends of Jean Charles de Menezes for their tragic loss, and also to all those who lost loved ones in the 7 July London bombings.
Mr de Menezes was a wholly innocent victim caught up in the terrible events of 7 and 21 July when suicide bombers struck at the heart of our capital for the very first time.
That a young man in the prime of life should have that life cut short through no fault of his own is not only of huge regret but also for his family and friends, unbearable and wholly incomprehensible.
The Metropolitan Police Authority will do everything in its power to ensure that whatever the circumstances surrounding the fatal shooting of Mr de Menezes, the full facts and truth will be made known.
In the meantime, the Metropolitan Police and all agencies involved are cooperating fully with the IPCC, which has a complex and difficult investigation to conduct and does not need to be distracted by leaks and speculation. That investigation should be conducted speedily and thoroughly so as to lessen if at all possible the family's suffering and hasten a conclusion.
The officers directly involved in the shooting will also be under immense strain and they too must be supported and kept informed of the progress of the investigation.
We must not forget that on 22 July London was on high alert following the 7 July bombings and the 21 July attempted bombings and all those involved were faced with life and death decisions that had to be taken within seconds of unfolding events. London is facing a potential threat to the safety of its inhabitants on a scale that is unprecedented in our history. This means calculated risks have to be taken, often by necessity in haste, and mistakes are therefore likely.
Whatever the final outcome of the IPCC investigation, undoubtedly there will be lessons to learn for all those concerned and the MPA, working closely with the Metropolitan Police will be at the forefront of assisting with the swift implementation of any changes in tactics, guidelines or law thought necessary.
Meanwhile, the brave, hardworking and professional men and women who make up the Metropolitan Police Service and who are at the forefront of the ongoing police operations to keep our capital safe from further terrorist outrages, deserve our continuing and wholehearted support.