Essays on Jean Charles De Menezes Incident and the Impact It Has Had on Policing Case Study

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The paper "Jean Charles De Menezes Incident and the Impact It Has Had on Policing" Is a great example of a Management Case Study. In policing practice, the idea of a person’ s innocence until proved guilty is important (Bailey, 2008). Ideally, a suspect is only proved guilty after the court of law, having been given a chance to defend themselves and state their side of the story. For one to be pronounced guilty as charged, all the factors and indicators should point to that fact. Everything should be proved beyond any reasonable doubt (Beck, 2002).

The suspects also ought to be given fair and just treatment. This is enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights within the UN charter that is in turn translated in most countries’ constitutions (Bailey, 2008). However, with the existing threats to security systems in the world, police operations have changed. In the wake of rampant terrorist attacks, the security systems have adopted ways that may not guarantee the suspects’ right to justice. As such, the policing practice has seen the introduction and/or adoption of such medieval operations like the shoot-to-kill.

This has been particularly necessitated by present-day terrorism threats and attacks worldwide (Beck, 2002). With the risk of the attacks, the police and other security systems have taken on measures which in some cases result in disastrous consequences such as the killing of innocent people. This paper reviews the case of Jean Charles de Menezes, a Brazilian citizen who was shot dead on July 22nd by the UK’ s London Metropolitan police services. A day afterward, it turned out that the victim had been a mistaken identity (Bailey, 2008).

The paper focuses on the incident and the impact it has had on policing. With the subsequent public outcry, the UK government had to move in and take a number of steps to institute changes. The changes were made in the shoot to kill practice also called Operation Kratos (Bailey, 2008). Since its inception, Operation Kratos aimed at dealing with terrorist risks within the UK. Literature Review On 7th July 2005, there occurred random bombings in the UK, which came to be called the London bombings of 7 July 2005.

In the incident, 56 people lost their lives (BBC News, 2007). These terrorist attacks, coupled with the threats of more attacks got the security personnel under a tight schedule in trying to chase the suspects, and at the same time prevent any possible attacks as earlier on tipped off. The security teams, including the surveillance team, worked round the clock to bring culprits to book whoever they were. Two weeks after the first bombings, there were fresh threats to possible terrorist attacks. The plans by the attackers failed and the chase began.

Approximated four men believed to have been the masterminds behind the failed bombings, were on the run as a result of the intensified police manhunt. The suspects were believed to be residing in the same block that coincidentally Jean Charles de Menezes was staying (BBC News, 2007). The residence was put under surveillance and on the day of Jean Charles de Menezes’ shooting, the cameras captured him leaving the block. The police undercover pursued him to the Stockwell Tube Station on the London Underground. Without much ado, the police reportedly fired eight times into his head, leaving him dead (BBC News, 2007).

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