Cousin of Jean Charles de Menezes – who was shot dead by cops in London when Cressida Dick was a commander – reacts to her resignation after Met Police scandals
Cressida Dick’s downfall has been greeted with relief by the family of an innocent man shot dead by police in an operation she led.
Alex Pereira said the Metropolitan Police Commissioner’s resignation is “a little justice” 17 years after the killing 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 happened just two weeks after the 7/7 bombings and one day after a separate foiled bomb plot when cops mistook the Brazilian electrician for fugitive terrorist Hussain Osman.
Ms Dick, then a commander, was cleared of blame in Jean’s death but his family had aways been angered by her rise to the Met’s top job.
Alex said Jean’s mum Maria really hated her.
He went on: “I think Maria is very happy now. I think Jean’s father feels the same way – maybe even more than his mother.
“It’s a little justice, but it is a justice. They should have sacked her 16 years ago, shortly after Jean’s death. She went very, very bad in that job but they promoted her.”
Alex, 44, who lived with Jean in London for six months in 2002, remembers a happy childhood growing up near his cousin in the little rural town of Gonzaga in south-eastern Brazil.
Sharing a picture of them together as children along with Alex’s sister, he said: “At that time, no one had shoes – we used to go out barefoot. We made all our own toys – we dreamed of owning bikes.
“But it was a good life because it was very peaceful with zero violence.”
In the aftermath of Jean’s killing, Alex knew his cousin had been totally innocent. But he says he and his family of him were n’t believed.
He added: “That made me so angry. You don’t think something like this is going to happen to you. It’s like if you were sent to the moon or if you moved to another planet. It was very, very crazy.”
No officers were prosecuted for the killing but the Met was fined for breaking health and safety laws.
In 2016 Jean’s family took a case to the European Court of Human Rights as part of a final attempt to see someone prosecuted, but judges ruled against them.
Dame Cressida quit 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 probe into Downing Street parties held during lockdown.
Last year the public was outraged by the abduction and murder of Sarah Everard by cop Wayne Couzens – as well as the heavy-handed 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.
She said it had become clear she no longer had the support of the London Mayor Sadiq Khan.
Alex said: “I believe that if you do something, you will pay for 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 for the new Met Commissioner to prosecute or expel “bent, lying cops.”
Alastair Morgan, 73, says chiefs have been keener 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 in his head. After five police inquiries, the case remains Britain’s most investigated unsolved murder.
Daniel’s family have long blamed police corruption. And last summer, an independent report into the case described the Met as “institutionally corrupt” – and blasted Cressida Dick for obstructing the inquiry.
Alastair says he was furious she was allowed to continue in her job after that and now hopes her successor will do more to rid the force of corruption.
“Prosecute bent, lying cops – it’s as simple as that,” he says. “And if you can’t pursue them, kick them out.
“There have to be consequences. I’m sick to death of non-accountability in the police. I’m sick to death of non-accountability in Britain as a whole.”
Alastair and his family are now suing the Met for damages, alleging an ongoing cover-up.