August 2nd, 2007 06:01 EST
The death of Jean Charles de Menezes in The U.K.
The death of Jean Charles de Menezes on the morning of 22 July 2005 was an absolute tragedy." The MPS have previously apologised to the de Menezes family for their loss and we apologise again."
Today`s report is not about the circumstances surrounding the death of" Mr. de Menezes, it concerns complaints made on behalf of the de Menezes family about media handling by the MPS in the aftermath of the shooting."
The MPS only received this report at 8am today, but in it the IPCC finds that with one exception, the complaints are unfounded." The exception relates to Assistant Commissioner Andy Hayman." We cannot comment further on this, because this is now a matter for the Metropolitan Police Authority to consider."
The IPCC also find that the Commissioner did not lie.
However, the fact that the complaints are unfounded does not mean that the Met could not have done better." Furthermore, the IPCC findings should not be seen as diminishing our responsibility for the dreadful death of an innocent young man.
During the unprecedented challenges that we faced in our search for the failed suicide bombers, the MPS accepts that there were errors in both internal and external communication for which we apologise." But the criticism made of the timing of when officers informed the Commissioner about the emerging identity of Mr. de Menezes could be open to other interpretations." These are judgement issues as to when to pass on information around what is fact and what is speculation.
Since the events of July 2005 our approach to information handling during operations and events on this scale has significantly changed."
The Commissioner will give a fuller statement with Len Duvall, Chair of the MPA , at a press briefing at 2pm at New Scotland Yard today.