Shoot-to-kill won’t make us safe from terror – just sorry

Jean Charles de Menezes memorial in Stockwell, London

‘De Menezes was shot two weeks after jihadis had attacked tube trains and a bus in central London and a day after the failure of another plot.’
Photograph: Stephen Kelly/PA

The descriptions varied. Officer Frank assumed he was “a white man”, but thought: “It would be worth somebody else having a look.” Officer Ivor believed he had “Mongolian eyes”; Officer Harry said he was “acting in a wary manner”; Commander Dick thought him “very, very jumpy”. But a consensus soon emerged: he was a jihadi about to blow up London’s tube.

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