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Oct. 31st, 2009 | 06:37 pm

Menezes police officer gets top IPCC role
A top Scotland Yard officer who was personally criticised for failings in the Jean Charles de Menezes shooting has been appointed to the leadership of the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

Commander Moir Stewart will be the IPCC's new director of investigations and a member of its management board.

Menezes was shot dead on July 22, 2005, after being mistaken by armed police for a suicide bomber.

At the time Stewart was a top aide to Met commissioner Sir Ian Blair, serving as his staff officer. The IPCC report into the killing of the innocent Brazilian found Stewart had failed to tell Blair of a "major" development, which suggested the wrong man had been shot. Blair claimed he did not know this until the next day despite many inside the force soon fearing that an innocent man had been killed.

Stewart was also a senior figure in the Met team at the Old Bailey trial in which the force was convicted of catastrophic failings in the case. During the trial the Menezes family claimed the Met had tried to smear the character of their loved one.

There are clear messages here:

1. "The IPCC isn't going to do anything to us, and even when it makes noises, they don't mean anything. Let's just make that really obvious, though, shall we, in case the message hasn't got across?"

2. "Fuck you."

These are not of course unusual messages to receive from the Met; I expect to see many more relating to assorted (occasionally fatal) beatings handed out recently, too.

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