The new head of the Met Police, Cressida Dick, is no departure from tradition for the police. Dick was the designated senior officer in the control room in charge of deciding if a special shoot-to-kill policy was needed on the day that Jean Charles de Menezes was shot and killed in 2005.
De Menezes was an innocent man who was shot six times when trying to board a train at Stockwell tube station in south London. A 2007 inquiry found that Dick was not personally responsible but found a catalogue of failings. Yet Dick shows her own colours when in the inquest she stated “if you ask me whether I think anybody did anything wrong or unreasonable on the operation, I don’t think they did.”
In a letter opposing the appointment of Dick the de Menezes family said “We have serious concerns about such an appointment and the signal it sends to the people of London.”
Clearly it is business as usual for the Met Police.