Well, the final verdict is in over in London, in regards to the police shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes. And it’s a clear verdict: the police screwed up and should not have killed him.

But there were no individual screwups, apparently. No one did anything wrong, but somehow he got shot anyway.

I can almost buy this. But there is still one matter that bothers me about this whole atrocious situation: the initial reports from the police about the shooting were utter lies. The first response was NOT to tell the truth, but to engage in a massive CYA move that smeared the innocent dead guy — who didn’t have the opportunity to defend himself (either before or after he was shot).

I’m an American citizen, not a British subject, so I have no standing to demand answers. But I’d still like some.

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