On 13th December 2008, Quilliam issues the following press release:
Quilliam believes that the events surrounding the death of Jean Charles de Menezes raise serious questions about the professionalism and integrity of sections of the Metropolitan Police. In particular, the police’s behaviour under testing circumstances and their subsequent attempts to cover up their mistakes and to suggest that de Menezes had acted threateningly towards them display a troubling lack of professionalism. The behaviour of the police before, during and after the killing of this innocent, unarmed man will also make it much harder for the police to gain the trust of British Muslims in the future.
Ed Husain, co-director of the Quilliam Foundation, said:
“The shooting of de Menezes and the police’s subsequent attempt to cover up their mistakes have undoubtedly made many British Muslims less willing to trust the police and the security services. This tragic incident has played into the hands of those who wish to portray the British state as being anti-Muslim and gives credence to extremists who say that Muslims should not co-operate with the police.
“In order to win back the trust of Britain’s Muslims, the police now need to take action to prove their detractors wrong and to demonstrate that the police service has learned from its mistakes. At the same time, however, the police should not be deterred by this single tragedy from acting firmly to tackle the terrorist threat that faces us all.”