For anyone who hasn’t been paying attention to the latest news about Jean Charles de Menezes’ public execution, read this.
In short, it’s now unequivocally certain that he was wearing a denim jacket and that he used a travelcard rather than jumping the barrier. And it’s highly probable that the police didn’t identify themselves to him…
Unlike some commentators, I don’t see any reason to feel sad for the officers who shot Mr de Menezes. Yes, probably they believed that what they were doing was in the best interests of Society – but it patently wasn’t, and each new piece of evidence makes clear that this should have been obvious at the time.
Actions count, as well as – if not more than – intentions. I suspect the terrorists also believed that what they were doing was in the best interests of Society, and I’m not inclined to offer them any sympathy either.