The media reported this and quite a few talk show hosts ran with it as if it were absolutely true. Here in Austin, the terminally brain dead Sgt. Sam, part of the KLBJ AM morning radio crew, fell all over himself to justify the slaying.
At the time, the commissioner of police in London said that the shooting was "directly linked to the ongoing and expanding anti-terrorist operation." That makes it perfectly legit. Just ask the drug-addict Rush Limbaugh.
Well surprise, surprise!
Turns out that not only was Menezes not running from police when he was approached by police, he also was not wearing a heavy coat - the justification offered after police shot him in the head 7 times! (and one more time in the arm for good measure). It's a miracle the police firing didn't end up shooting each other given the obvious panic that was occurring at the time of this murder.
The current estimate for completion of an official investigation? Three years! Don't let it be said that justice is served slowly. Oh, sorry, that's assuming that justice is ever served in this case. Let me predict here and now that no government official will ever be prosecuted for an obvious case of murder under color of law.
Lon Horiuchi was protected for 10 years until an appeals court finally ruled that he was "just following orders" when he shot Vicki Weaver in the head while she was holding her 10 month-old, still nursing baby. Don't let it bother you that FBI agents the next morning were shouting over loudspeakers "Good morning, Mrs Weaver! What's for breakfast!"
After all, it is for your own good. George Bush and Tony Blair are making sure we're safe from terrorists.....that is, the non-badge wearing, dark-skinned terrorists.
The institutionalized terrorists are still roaming the streets and murdering us. Think it will ever be time to shoot back?