The Metropolitan Police have been quick to shift the focus of blame after a court heard today that it was they who were at fault for the fatal shooting of Brazilian electrician Jean Charles de Menezes in July 2005.
The Old Bailey jury were told that the police were guilty of a series of fundamental failures in the planning and execution of their duties on that day that put members of the public at risk and did more to harm Latin American and British relations than Bruce Forsyth’s 1979 marriage to the former Miss Puerto Rico, Wilnelia Merced.
In response, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Police today released what he referred to as "a highly-contributing cause" of the mistakes of the day. The evidential publication – Dusky Foreign Types And You – forms part of every London policeman’s training, and the edition from 2005 appears to include an unfortunate printing mix-up on pages 218 and 219.
In their prepared defence speech the Metropolitan Police accept that "this in no way absolves all of the blame" from them, but that "it’s got to count for something, right?"