I have a lot of sympathy for the police (tempered by occasional flashes of righteous outrage) but it seems to have vanished on this occasion. The "gold commander" on the day the unfortunate Brazilian was shot reckons she, and her staff, did nothing wrong. Latest is below. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7656886.stm I recall reading of a number of glitches leading up to the shooting, including a surveillance officer taking a leak, the failure of the team to pick up JCDM at his flat, the failure to stop him getting on a bus, and a breakdown in giving orders with the apparent "stop him at any costs" instruction being issued. I've worked in a busy ops room with air defence responsibilities, and if an operational commander had ordered the shoot-down of an aircraft (light, business jet, airliner) as the result of errors then they would in all likelihood have faced court-martial and disgrace. All our ops-room comms were recorded on tape - why not the police ops room? The wider implication of this disaster is that members of the public may be reluctant to call in suspicious activity in case there is a similar incident - this is why someone needs to take ultimate responsibility for a botched operation.