Support Justice for Jean Charles de Menezes

From: Andrew Johnson

Date: 2005-08-20 09:27:15

If you wish to do so…. Please forward this message, as you deem appropriate – esp to UK contacts ================== JEAN CHARLES DE MENEZES FAMILY CAMPAIGN We have received the following letter from the campaign to get justice for Jean Charles de Menezes, the Brazilian who was killed by the police on 22 July under a secret shoot-to-kill policy which in no way makes us safer but has the potential to kill the utterly innocent like Jean Charles. As the documents leaked to ITV show, the police knew almost instantly after they had shot Jean Charles seven times in the head that they had killed someone completely unconnected with any acts of terrorism, either committed or planned. Since then there has been a systematic cover up for what was at best an act of gross incompetence and at worst a crime, for which those responsible must be held accountable. In so doing the police have been breaking the law, not least in refusing to allow the Independent Police Complaints Committee (IPCC) to begin their investigation immediately after Jean Charles’s death occurred. It was five days before the police allowed the IPCC to begin it’s investigation and in that time the police allowed an impression to circulate in the media that Jean Charles in some way contributed to his own death — a view which the police knew to be entirely untrue. At the same time, we now know from a leaked letter, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair tried to get the government to stop the IPCC investigation obliged by law altogether. On Monday 22 August, exactly one month since Jean Charles was killed, his family have called a demonstration at Downing Street demanding a public inquiry and the resignation of Ian Blair (details below). Please spread this information as widely as possible and join the demonstration if you can. The family campaign is also urgently seeking donations as it is heavily in debt. Details of how you can donate are given in the letter from Jean Charles’s family. LETTER FROM THE JEAN CHARLES DE MENEZES FAMILY CAMPAIGN Dear Friend The Jean Charles de Menezes Family Campaign thank you for your support. It now appears that a catalogue of errors has unfolded regarding Jean Charles’ murder. This includes deliberate and continued misleading of the public and the family by the Metropolitan Police. The family are very shocked and distressed by the leaked information but it verified what the family already knew, that Jean did nothing wrong, that he was not wearing a bulky jacket or running from the police. The Family campaign is calling for the sacking of Metropolitan Chief Commissioner Sir Ian Blair who continued to mislead the public and for an immediate public inquiry into Jean’s murder. This Monday marks a month from Jean’s murder. On this evening the family campaign will be calling a demonstration. JUSTICE 4 JEAN DEMONSTRATION * NO MORE COVER UP * SACK IAN BLAIR * PUBLIC INQUIRY NOW MONDAY 22 AUGUST 6PM OUTSIDE DOWNING STREET (nearest tube Westminster) Contact 07931337890 or 07956210332 for more information We need as many people as possible to come along. It is only through continued public support that we can put pressure on the police and government to take responsibility for what they have done. It is in the public interest that justice is done for the Menezes family and that those responsible for his killing are held to account. URGENT: DONATIONS NEEDED The family campaign is several thousand pounds in debt, all the money thus far has been donated by a handful of supporters and friends. The Menezes family are humble farmers in Brazil and cannot afford to continue the campaign without urgent financial support. If you donate any amount of money please send cheques made payable to Jean Charles de Menezes Family Campaign, PO Box 273, London, E7 or transfer money to Jean Charles de Menezes Family Campaign, Account Number: 61455664, sort code: 40-07-12. HBSC bank, 349 Green St, London, E13 PA5. We will be circulating a statement from the family tomorrow and an online petition in due course. We encourage all supporters to write to their MP’s and demand a public enquiry into Jean’s killing. Please keep us updated with any feedback you get from MPs. Best wishes Yasmin Jean Charles de Menezes Family Campaign — No virus found in this incoming message. Checked by AVG Anti-Virus. Version: 7.0.338 / Virus Database: 267.10.12/75 – Release Date: 17/08/2005 — No virus found in this outgoing message. Checked by AVG Anti-Virus. Version: 7.0.338 / Virus Database: 267.10.13/78 – Release Date: 19/08/2005

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