THE BALLAD OF JEAN CHARLES DE MENEZES
Ten years ago on the 22/7/2005, an innocent Brazilian
was killed by the Police at the Stockwell Tube Station.
The tourists from Brazil are down,
On visiting old London Town;
Especially the Stockwell Tube,
The scene of Scotland Yard’s grim boob.
This was the actual bloody spot,
Where innocent Jean-Charles was shot;
In one of many flawed police ‘Ops’,
Which featured trigger-happy cops.
They killed him on the Underground,
With many passengers around;
Not one of whom heard them declare,
The reason for them being there.
The ‘Met’ Commissioner told the Press,
They’d shot a terrorist, no less;
Not knowing merde had hit the fan,
Because they’d slaughtered the wrong man.
The inquest was the usual farce,
The actualité was sparse;
Those in the secret witness booth,
Were economic with the truth.
Thus was the whitewash now complete,
Officially all nice and neat;
An innocent young man was shot,
But unofficially – “So what”!
© Richard Layton