Source Pravda.Ru

Lawyer for Brazilian criticized London’s police chief

Lawyers representing the family of a Brazilian man killed by police who thought he was a suicide bomber accused London's police chief on Thursday of trying to block an official inquiry and urged him to resign.

Police shot electrician Jean Charles de Menezes eight times on an underground train on July 22, the day after four would-be bombers failed in attacks on London's transport system. Two weeks earlier four suicide bombers killed 52 commuters.

London police chief Ian Blair first said the shooting was linked to the investigation into the failed bombings and that de Menezes was challenged and refused to obey police orders.

However leaked police and eyewitness accounts obtained by ITV News cast doubt on the official version of events, reports Bloomberg.

According to the Telegraph, lawyers also demanded that the findings of the IPCC investigation be made public and urged the organization to ensure that work is done quickly.

"We don't want to be waiting, as with some families who are waiting for the outcome of death in custody cases, for over three years," said Ms Peirce.

She said that many of the family's concerns had not be allayed by this morning's meeting.

Ms Peirce said the family still wanted to know why the IPCC was not brought in immediately after the shooting and why the police had become involved in "investigating themselves".

She added: "This has been a chaotic mess. What we have asked the IPCC to find out is how much is incompetence, negligence or gross negligence and how much of it is something sinister."

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