17 witnesses dispute police warnings to de menezes

17 witnesses dispute police warnings to de menezesfrom the scotsman: None of the 17 commuters who witnessed the killing of Jean Charles de Menezes heard police shout a clear warning before opening fire, in stark contrast to evidence given by eight officers.

The discrepancies in the testimony of the Tube passengers and the police, who insisted they had identified themselves, were revealed yesterday in a long-awaited report from the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

The watchdog’s findings set out the confusion, miscommunication and panic which led to the death of the 27-year-old Brazilian, who was mistaken for a suicide bomber and shot seven times in the head.

It emerged that the differences in accounts from police and civilian witnesses led to some 15 officers being interviewed under caution for murder, manslaughter, gross negligence and misconduct in public office. No charges were brought.

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