- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 18, 2005

LONDON — New disclosures in the case of a Brazilian man fatally shot by police provoked national outrage by disputing earlier claims that the man was wearing a heavy jacket, tried to flee and behaved suspiciously.

Instead, the picture that emerged from television and newspaper reports indicated that the man calmly entered the subway station, picked up a free newspaper, entered the train and sat down with hundreds of rush-hour commuters.

Britain’s Independent Television Network (ITN), citing a leaked report on an investigation into the death of Brazilian electrician Jean Charles de Menezes, 27, reported that:

• He was dressed in a light denim jacket and not a heavy coat, which police earlier said indicated that he was a suicide bomber.

• He walked casually into the subway station and did not jump over a turnstile while running away from police, as police earlier asserted.

• He stopped to pick up a newspaper before riding the escalator down and then ran to catch his train before it pulled away from the Stockwell subway platform.

Mr. Menezes was shot several times in the head by police who tailed him the day after the failed July 21 bombings of London’s transport system. Two weeks earlier, four suicide bombers had killed 52 persons.

Additional reports last night showed that the police officer who fired the fatal shots had not even seen Mr. Menezes until after the suspect had boarded a train.

An army surveillance officer had radioed that it would be “worth somebody else having a look” at the man, who emerged from an apartment block in which police suspected that two of the failed bombers resided, according to newly released documents.

A surveillance team then followed Mr. Menezes to the subway station without any clear evidence that he was a suicide bombing suspect.

A group supporting Mr. Menezes’ family called for the police’s shoot-to-kill policy to be suspended and said the killing now resembled an illegal execution.

“It’s clear we’ve been told lies and half-truths about how Jean died,” Asad Rehman, a spokesman for the group, told national television.

“The police’s version of events has been shown to be incorrect and the public were deliberately misled,” he said.

Alex Alvez Pereira, a cousin of Mr. Menezes, said the family would press for justice even if it took years.

“The officers involved should face murder charges,” Mr. Pereira said.

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