Unanswered questions about Operation Kratos

Posted: August 3, 2007 in Uncategorized
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While top police officers scrabbled over their careers, there were two things that stood out from the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) report into the shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes.
One, because its inclusion illustrates the stark tragedy of this story. The other because it appears not to have been tackled by the IPCC at all.
Firstly, the police gave the 27-year-old Brazilian no instruction “that an innocent man would have understood” before shooting him seven times in the head.
Therefore as IPCC Commissioner Naseem Malik said flatly: “There is no action he could have consciously taken that would have saved him.”
He died in the most brutal and terrifying fashion.
Secondly, that the police were operating a new policy, known as “Operation Kratos”, in which they did not give warnings before firing (a strategy partly developed by Barbara Wilding, of South Wales Police).
This was not tackled by the IPCC in favour of clearing Sir Ian Blair and dumping on Andy Hayman.
However, if the police had still been operating its usual shoot-to-stop policy – effectively a shoot-to-kill but with a warning – Jean Charles would still be alive today.

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