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This page contains information about and the reports surrounding the death of Jean Charles de Menezes at Stockwell underground station.

Warning: This is archived material and may be out of date. The Metropolitan Police Authority has been replaced by the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime (MOPC).

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On Friday 22 July 2005 Jean Charles de Menezes was shot by MPS officers at Stockwell underground station following anti terrorist operations resulting from the terrorist bombing of the London transport system on 7 July 2005 and the failed terrorist attacks on the transport system on 21 July 2005.

Coroner's Inquest

The Coroner's Inquest into the death of Jean Charles de Menezes began on 22 September 2008. On Friday 12 December 2008 the jury returned an open verdict.

At the conclusion of the inquest the coroner, Sir Michael Wright, wrote to the MPA outlining a number of concerns that emerged during the course of the inquest and requesting a written MPA response by 20 February 2009.

Stockwell 1

Stockwell 1 is a report in two parts. The first, known as Stockwell 1A, deals with the circumstances of the death of Jean Charles de Menezes. The second, known as Stockwell 1B, deals with complaints by the family of Jean Charles de Menezes concerning the treatment they received by the MPS immediately following his death and makes recommendations on the operational lessons as identified by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

HMIC (Stockwell 1B)

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) conducted a review of the action taken by the MPS to assess and validate MPS progress against the 16 recommendations made by the IPCC in conclusion to its Stockwell 1B enquiry.

Stockwell 2

Stockwell 2 is a report on the investigation into complaints about the MPS's handling of public statements following the shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes. The second investigation followed allegations from the family of Jean Charles de Menezes that the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, Sir Ian Blair and others had knowingly made public inaccurate information or had failed to correct inaccurate information placed in the public arena.

IPCC: Stockwell 2 report [PDF document]

Stockwell 2 report recommendations

The recommendations contained in the report are as follows:

  1. The investigation has identified serious weaknesses in the MPS in relation to the handling of critical information including within the senior management team. The MPA should consider what management action is required to resolve this. In view of the serious nature of the failings, the Home Office and Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) should also consider what action they need to take to address the issues raised.
  2. The MPA recognises that the issues identified by Operation Erini are areas of concern within the MPS and that they are fully addressed and systems are implemented to prevent a re-occurrence.
  3. The Commissioner sets out to his personal staff his expectations in relation to keeping him informed of events occurring within the MPS area.
  4. The responsibility for keeping the Commissioner and other key staff informed of critical information is made clear to the MPS senior management team.
  5. The MPS reviews the purpose of the Crime Reporters' Association briefings including the potential for the MPS to be compromised if they are briefed outside an agreed media strategy.
  6. All strategic meetings convened to discuss critical incidents are appropriately minuted in order that decisions made can be later identified and justified.

MPA Stockwell scrutiny

The decision to undertake the scrutiny followed the publication of the two reports into the shooting by the IPCC and a guilty verdict as a result of the prosecution of the MPS under Health and Safety legislation.

HMIC report 'Stockwell - MPS progress Jan 2008-April 2009'

This is the third report by HMIC concerning the MPS and the tragic events which led to the death of Jean Charles de Menezes (one of these reports is confidential and has not been published). At the request of the MPA, HMIC has specifically focused on Command & Control and the closely related issue of 'inter-operability', how different units and personnel work together operationally, because these are the issues that lie at the heart of the tragic incident and are matters of public confidence.

Other associated reports

  • MPA ‘Counter-Terrorism: The London Debate’ (22 Feb 2007)
    The MPA sought the views on terrorism and counter-terrorism of a diverse selection of over 1000 people who live and work in London.
  • MPA scrutiny of MPS media and communications (5 April 2007)
    The MPA was concerned about the approach taken by the MPS to managing the press coverage of Forest Gate and conducted a short scrutiny of the Directorate of Public Affairs to consider what lessons can be learnt from that experience.
  • MPS review of internal communications systems (23 Feb 2006)
    This report outlines the progress made in relation to MPS procedures and resilience in a range of key areas that developed from the response to the unprecedented policing challenges in July 2005.

Published clarification by the Evening Standard

The following clarification was published in the Evening Standard on 7 August 2007.

Inquiry Report

We have been asked to point out that there was no suggestion in the Stockwell 2 Inquiry Report that either the Metropolitan Police Authority, or its chair Len Duvall, behaved in a dishonest manner: We are happy to clarify this.

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