17 November 2005
The Met, some dum-dum bullets and one dead Brazilian
Readers will remember Jean Charles de Menezes, a Brazilian national who ended up dead after the police pumped at least five rounds into his head on the 7th July this year. Now, The Daily Telegraph is reporting that the bullets that killed him were "a type of bullet banned in warfare under international convention."
Yes, but they are legal for police use, so what's the point of the story? Could it be, heaven forbid, an exercise in muddying the waters? Turn the story from one about the cold-blooded butchery of an innocent man into one that is about the type of ammunition that the police should carry?