Cousin of Jean Charles de Menezes – who was shot dead by cops in London when Cressida Dick was in command – reacts to his resignation after the Met Police scandals
The downfall of Cressida Dick was met with relief by the family of an innocent man shot dead by police in an operation they led.
Alex Pereira said the Metropolitan Police Commissioner’s resignation is “a petty justice” 17 years after the murder of his cousin, Jean Charles de Menezes, 27.
Two cops shot him seven times in the head at Stockwell Tube station, south London, in July 2005.
It came just two weeks after the July 7 attacks and a day after a foiled bomb plot when cops mistook the Brazilian electrician for fugitive terrorist Hussain Osman.
Ms Dick, then Commanding Officer, was cleared of Jean’s death, but her family were still resentful of her rise to the Met’s highest post.
Alex said that Jean’s mother, Maria, really hated her.
He continued, “I think Maria is very happy now. I think Jean’s father feels the same – maybe even more so than his mother.
“It’s a bit of justice, but it’s justice. They should have fired her 16 years ago, shortly after Jean’s death. She did very, very badly in this job but they promoted her.
Alex, 44, who lived with Jean in London for six months in 2002, recalls a happy childhood spent near his cousin in the small rural town of Gonzaga, in southeastern Brazil.
Sharing a photo of them together as children with Alex’s sister, he said: “At that time nobody had shoes – we went out barefoot. We made all our toys ourselves – we dreamed of owning bicycles.
“But it was a great life because it was very peaceful with zero violence.”
The day after Jean’s murder, Alex knew that his cousin was totally innocent. But he says he and his family were not believed.
He added: “It made me so angry. You don’t think something like this is going to happen to you. It’s like you’re being sent to the moon or moving to another planet. It was very, very crazy.
No officer was prosecuted for the murder, but the Met was fined for breaching health and safety laws.
In 2016, Jean’s family took a case to the European Court of Human Rights in a last-ditch attempt to see someone prosecuted, but the judges ruled against them.
Dame Cressida resigned on Thursday after a series of scandals.
They include a report detailing evidence of misogyny, racism and homophobia at Charing Cross police station. The Met has also been criticized for its investigation into Downing Street parties held during the lockdown.
Last year the public was outraged by the kidnapping and murder of Sarah Everard by cop Wayne Couzens – as well as the brutal arrest of women at a vigil.
There is no suggestion Jean’s death was a factor in Dame Cressida’s resignation – which came hours after she told radio listeners she had no intention of quitting. to resign.
She said it had become clear she no longer had the support of London Mayor Sadiq Khan.
Alex said: “I believe if you do something, you will pay for it. It doesn’t matter how much money you have or how much power you have – you’re going to pay.
Murder Victim’s Brother: New Boss Must Do Better
The brother of a murdered private detective has called on the Met’s new commissioner to prosecute or expel ‘crooked, lying cops’.
Alastair Morgan, 73, says chiefs have been more keen on saving reputations than tackling corruption.
In 1987, Alastair’s brother Daniel, 37, was found in a pub car park in Sydenham, south London, with an ax to his head. After five police investigations, the case remains the most investigated unsolved murder in Britain.
Daniel’s family has long blamed police corruption. And last summer an independent report into the case described the Met as ‘institutionally corrupt’ – and lambasted Cressida Dick for obstructing the investigation.
Alastair says he was furious that she was allowed to continue her work after that and now hopes his successor will do more to rid the force of corruption.
“Pursuing crooked, lying cops — it’s as simple as that,” he says. “And if you can’t prosecute them, deport them.
“There have to be consequences. I’m sick of the irresponsibility of the police. I’m sick of the irresponsibility in Britain as a whole.
Alastair and his family are now suing the Met for damages, alleging an ongoing cover-up.