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Thursday, July 28, 2005

London shooting: official story crumbles

No jacket, no jump, admit police The Metropolitan police have admitted to the family of Jean Charles de Menezes, the Brazilian electrician they shot eight times last Friday, that two key elements of their version of how he became a target are in fact false. It had been claimed that he was wearing a bulky, padded jacket which aroused suspicion in the hot July weather, as it might have concealed explosives. Police now admit he was wearing a jeans jacket - a common sight in summer, and useless for concealing anything bulky worn underneath. Police had also persistently maintained that de Menezes had jumped over the ticket barrier while being chased by armed officers. Now it seems that he possessed, and used, a ticket to gain entry to the station. It is less than a week since the killing, and yet the police's version of events changes daily, raising more questions each time. Meanwhile the officer at the centre of the inquiry has been sent on an expenses-paid holiday with his family by the Met. Technorati tag: