Saturday, July 23, 2005


Police in London have released a statement saying that the man who was shot in the head and torso in the Stockwell train station Thursday had no connection with the bombings of 21 July or 7 July. The man has been identified as a Brazilian by the name of Jean Charles de Menezes, age 27. Just a few hours after the shooting, Police Commissioner Ian Blair said the person who had been shot by police was "directly linked" to the investigations into the attacks which happened on Thursday and 7 July.

Police initially said de Menezes attracted their attention because he exited a house which was under surveillance after Thursday's attempted bombings, in which explosive devices were planted on three subway trains and a double-decker bus but failed to detonate properly. Oval station was one of those targeted and is near Stockwell.

Police said Friday that"He was then followed by surveillance officers to the station. His clothing and his behavior at the station added to their suspicions." However, police did not give an explanation as to what went wrong. Citing a need to keep the investigation under wraps, the authorities refused to give any indication whether de Menezes had done anything wrong at all.

The only thing that Mr. de Menezes did do wrong was to wear a long padded black coat and appear to look like a South Asian, or as some might say, a terrorist. It is the trigger happy police who were wrong with their racial profiling. A man is dead because someone "thought" Mr. de Menezes looked like a terrorist.

London Mayor Ken Livingstone said that the killing was a "human tragedy" that was a consequence of the attacks."The police acted to do what they believed necessary to protect the lives of the public. This tragedy has added another victim to the toll of deaths for which the terrorists bear responsibility."

Now we have the terrorists being blamed for not only the bombings, which they rightly should be, but also for the fucked-up trigger happy actions of the police. Don't get me wrong here, I believe the terrorists are to blame for the bombings but not for the fucking stupid actions, or reactions, of the police. They must take the blame for the death of Mr. de Menezes. They were the ones who followed him. They are the ones who got trigger happy and put the bullets in his head and body not the terrorists.

Maybe, just maybe, if the US and the coalition of the insanely willing were to pull out of Iraq, Afganistan, and any of the other Muslim countries they are in and are trying to control all these attacks of terror would stop. All they want to do is live their lives their way, not ours. If we had someone invade the US or Britian or any of the other countries of coalition members I am sure we would all be doing the same thing to rid ourselves of the invaders and occupiers.

Colonialism has long been dead. Other countries don't want our style of government and they sure the hell don't want to be our colonies or to be told how to rule their countries. It's time for the US to get out of everybody elses buisness and leave them alone to rule themselves. I know I wouldn't want a foreign government to come over here and try to tell us how to live and run our country. If they did I, too, would be doing whatever it would take to get them out including bombing their homeland.




UPDATE: Sunday, 24 July 2005
It has now been reported by the BBC and Reuters UK that the police put all five shots into Mr. de Menezes head. Just a little overkill here folks. Just how many fucking times does someone have to be shot in the head before they are classified as dead. Fucking overzelous, trigger happy cops doing their own racial profiling. They said he was acting odd. They said he wouldn't stop when ordered by the cops. Well, if I had twenty guys in street clothes chasing me and yelling at me to stop, I probably wouldn't either. As far as acting odd...odd by who's definition of the word. I guess we shouldn't act "odd" or we might get shot, too.

I feel very sorry for Mr. de Menezes' family for they have lost a loved one for no good reason. I also feel sorry for the people of London because they not only have to worry about being killed in bombings, but by being shot by their own police if they look different or act "odd."

Updated Sunday 24 July 2005 at 7:38 AM. by Grandpa Eddie


karena said...

Dear Grandpa Eddie,
Thanks for writing this eulogy to Mr. Menendez. The grief of his family is overwhelming to even imagine. You are a kind heart. I am sure that many consider Mr. Menendez to be just a little collaterl damage. In fact, he is a human being with dreams of his own and a family who loved him.

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