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The paper "Dynamics and Development Issues" Is a great example of a Management Case Study. This paper is a case study of the death of Jean Charles de Menezes on the 22nd of July, 2005. He was shot seven times in the head by London Metropolitan Police after being mistakenly identified as one of the suspects of a failed bombing attempt the day before. The aim of this paper is to analyze the events of the fateful day while determining the police practices that may have led to the decisions taken and the aftermath of them.

Information about the events of the day will be collected from transcripts of the hearings that followed the incident and newspaper articles. Information on policies will be collected from books relevant to particular policies. The overall analysis will involve going over the important facts are presenting the analysis that led to the decisions made before the shooting and after the shooting. Historical factors that led to the shooting The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) is a territorial police force whose responsibility is maintaining law and order in Greater London.

In addition, it has important national responsibilities that include co-coordinating and leading matters on counter-terrorism. A series of unfortunate events led to this police force gunning downed de Menezes. The last 20 years have seen an increase in terrorism activities and threats in many developing and developed countries. While before it may have been expected to occur in certain countries, the situation has changed to include many other countries bringing the threat of terrorism closer to home for more individuals. Upon declaration of the war on terror, police policies have been modified and they now wield more power in isolated situations. After the September 11 attacks, new risk configurations have been structured that require avoiding future harm and catastrophic possibilities at all costs (Aradau & Van Munster, 2007).

The level of emphasis put on the risks is so high that decisions that may be true but risky are ignored. None of the surveillance officers wanted to say that de Menelez may be the wrong person lest their observation turned out to be wrong. Political factors that led to the shooting The politics that surround this killing show how the police force has been implanted with risk-based analysis in their interactions with suspects.

This is especially so after the declaration of war on terror. It should not have mattered who De Menezes was, innocent people should not be killed for looking guilty. One of the most controversial issues about the killing is that the police commissioner at the time, Sir Ian Blair, knew that the man the surveillance and firearms team were pursuing was not connected to the bombings. Afterward, a press release was offered saying that they were not sure whether he was one of the four who were connected to the bombing.

The direction that risk analysis has taken is the political front of no risk. If there is no risk, there will be no harm. It is an obvious fact that the false statements and inaccurate interpretations were included in communication between the officers while at the station. The misinterpretations focused on the clothing the suspect had on and how he got out of the bus then re-boarded again; which is a popular technique used to counter-surveillance (IPCC, 2007b: 35).

In addition, those who may have been able to stop the shooting because the information was lacking failed to do so. Also, as investigations continued to turn up evidence that the victim was not a suicide bomber, the kind of decisions made was to emphasize that he might still be a terrorist.

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