Tuesday, 7 October 2008

Cressida Dick

I think Cressida Dick is probably quite lucky that the country is in the middle of a credit crunch and that with Peter Mandelsson has swept her off the front pages. You won't need reminding that she was the Gold Commander in charge of the operation which killed the Brazilian electrician Jean Charles Menezes at Stockwell Tube Station.

Now I know that the enquiry is still ongoing but I can't help but comment on some of the bullshit which she is coming out with. She apparently reckons that he was the victim of an exceptional set of circumstances one of which was that he bore a striking resemblance to Osman Hussein the bomber that they were seeking. No he didn't! He didn't look anything like him. At any rate it is reported that photographs of Osman Hussein had not been circulated to all the people on the case.

I still have the CCTV pictures etched on my mind of the police who were chasing the fugitive leaping the ticket barriers in a desperate attempt to catch up with him. It is quite obvious that they were frantic and firmly believed that he was a dangerous man. According to eyewitness reports in the press at the time the first two officers grabbed him without hesitation and pumped him full of bullets.

Now I am quite convinced that they would not have done that unless they had been told to stop him at all costs and yet Ms Dick refuses to confirm what order was given. She has yet to do the honourable thing and that is to admit that this happened on her watch. She is therefore responsible and should accept that and apologise. She should then be demoted and never be put into a situation like that again. But I forget, she is a product of the Bramshill Accelerated Promotion scheme, she has links to Common Purpose and is undoubtedly a NoLab devotee.

These people never apologise, they never resign, they are never wrong and they care not a jot that their actions have disastrous consequences. Predictably she has accepted further promotion since the debacle.

The Metropolitan Police appears to be full of them even though the top one has just been sacked. I will be very interested to see what the outcome of the enquiry will be because under normal circumstances nobody will be to blame. We all know that some kind of whitewash will be devised and they probably won't even ask the reason that only one set of CCTV cameras were in working order.

The people that I feel sorry for were the coppers who had to do the deed. They clearly thought that their leaders could not get something like this wrong. They did everything by the book and then they have to face the repercussions for the rest of their lives. Some people just have no shame.

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