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Tuesday, August 23, 2005


Somebody Get A Backhoe To London

Now that the London police have dug down to shoulder level, they're going to need some serious machinery to continue. And, they've apparently found it:

Police and Tube firm at odds over CCTV footage of innocent Brazilian's shooting

None of the cameras at the scene of the shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes at Stockwell Tube station on 22 July were working, a police document revealed.

Cameras on the platform and the train were not operational, officers told the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC). The submission by the Metropolitan Police, obtained by ITV News, puts officers at odds with a statement from Tube Lines, the company operating the station.
However in a statement to The Mail on Sunday, Tube Lines said: "We are not aware of any faults on CCTV cameras at that station on that day. Nothing of that nature has been reported to us." Yesterday the company refused to elaborate.

While some sources denied police had deliberately wiped the tapes, others remained convinced there was a cover-up.
All the CCTV cameras malfunctioned? All at once? Yeah. Right.

I'll tell you, this isn't going to any better for the British government. This level of (apparent) cover-up goes beyond the pale. The unanswered questions:

* If the CCTV cameras showed Mr de Menezes using his Oyster card to open the ticket barrier, why did police sources suggest he vaulted it?

* Were cameras trained on the platform in full working order? Police and Tube sources contradict each other.

* How could all four cameras around the platform have failed at the same time?

* If the cameras had failed, why did the station log book contain no details of the fault?

* Why had CCTV onboard the train been removed?


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