We introduced E48 in the last chapter. He was the police officer who got out of the rear driver’s side door with a rifle, and the man who shot Michael Adebolajo. He was the man who testified to such in court, and who handed his warrant card to the judge from behind a screen in order to be identified. All this – and it turns out he didn’t shoot Adebolajo after all. When the footage is analysed at greater magnification, what we can clearly see is that it isn’t a normal police officer who steps from the rear door. By that it is meant that this character is not dressed in the same way that the other ARV team members are dressed. They are wearing what must be standard issue black – and boots. This character is wearing white trainers, blue jeans, and his bear arms can be seen – so he looks as if he is in a black t-shirt. Furthermore, he is clearly holding a hand gun in his right hand. The other hand is in close proximity and has been brought up to support weapon. When one thinks about it, that these initial shots, taken from the back of a car, were fired from a hand gun seems a much more likely scenario.
Of course, there is now a mystery regarding how E48 emerged from the ARV, as he surely appeared to do so in the Mirror Footage, if there was another person in that same position only a split second before and if he wasn’t actually after all the third character in the police car. In fact, the solution is readily evident. When the footage is inspected frame by frame it is quite obvious that there is a splice. This is even clear when the footage is viewed at normal speed – although it is disguised a little bit by some superfluous movement of the camera, or some expert editing, so that the conveniently blurred shot flies around somewhat.
A sequence of frames has been set out in a grid below so that the reader can follow this strange event. In this sequence we can see the white shoe still in place as a black shadow appears under the driver’s door – this is D49 getting out of the vehicle. Next frame, and her form can now clearly be seen – one leg placed on the ground and her right arm and hand visible. Behind this the shape of the white shoe can still be seen. The next frame shows D49 moving further from her door – the white shoe is still visible. Then there is the splice, and the scope of the camera shot is moved so that the ARV no longer sits in the top left hand corner (there is a good reason why the shot was composed in this way until this stage, and we’ll explore that more in short while). Now we can see E42 on the other side of the vehicle – both he and D49 are blurs – this is not necessarily to do with their movement. However, there doesn’t seem to be any sign of E48. The white shoe has disappeared too. In fact, there is nothing in the area behind the open rear door. All that can be seen is a very black space where maybe otherwise one should be able to see into the car. This situation continues a little while, but eventually E42 appears – that is to say he becomes distinct – already well away from the car door and progressing towards Michael Adebolajo.
And something else that is very peculiar starts to happen as the footage progresses a little more and as E42 moves further from the car. It seems as though the door shuts by itself. E42 is already well clear of it when this phenomenon commences – his hands are on his weapon in any case. He didn’t kick the door shut because he wasn’t on the outside of it at anytime, and once again, both of his hands were on his rifle. The author has investigated unsuccessfully to find out if this sort of BMW car has self-closing doors – and it should be pointed out that the driver’s door remains open.
The discussion about what exactly is going on in this footage will take place in the last part of this book, so it must remain a mystery until then (or perhaps it will always be a mystery). What we can do, however, is try to determine who the character who really supposedly shot Adebolajo is. Now, when the author first saw the images of this white-shoed figure, he was very much reminded or paramilitary that are known to exist within the Metropolitan Police force. In 2012 there was an incident in Tottenham Court Road when a false alarm regarding a suicide bomber took place. A man by the name of Michael Green had an issue with a jobs agency and took hostages. The Daily Mail covered the story and published photos of the unusual police personnel who had turned up at the scene to deal with Green. It was clear that they were police because they had the police issue body armour. However, in every other respect they were not in uniform. They wore balaclavas, t-shirts, jeans and training shoes. One fellow in particular wore white trainers, blue jeans, black t-shirt and a black balaclava. In another picture, a man was seen bristling with guns and magazines strapped to his thighs and chest – he sported other hardware that the Daily Mail writer gleefully intimidated the readership with. A picture of this man was annotated with notes so that the readership could be understand how awesome he was.
Now, it is quite clear to the author that someone dressed almost identically to this man was in the rear of the ARV that attended the Lee Rigby incient, and it was he who can be seen getting out of the rear door initially. We can see his shoe and the bottom of his blue jeans. We can see his bare arms, and black behind them – indicating the man wore a black t-shirt. As we cannot see this character’s head (it might be out of shot), it is entirely possible that he was also wearing a mask.
The Mail’s coverage of the Tottenham Court Road described these irregulars as Metropolitan Police and being connected with the SO19 firearms unit – “several of them former soldiers”. However, if these police were regular police why were they not in regular uniform. In fact, other firearms police turned up in standard issue. One starts to suspect that these characters are the manifestation of a collaboration between the Metropolitan Police and the Army’s Special Forces that is much reported on in matters to do with dealing with terrorism. The official unit that must most likely explains these irregulars is the SFO – the special firearms section whose members get trained as if they were military. The bottom line is that these people think that they are paramilitary – because they forego the civilian constraints such as an identifying uniform, and they are concerned in conducting warfare.
Therefore, the man who actually “shot”, or pretended to shoot Adebolajo was dressed like the Metropolitan Police anti-terror paramilitary. Obviously, this wasn’t the story that was later peddled to the UK public – so what we seem to have is a situation whereby the perpetrators of the conspiracy gave themselves options regarding the narrative that they could choose with editing. Moreover, the what seems to have happened is that there was an error so that this editing could not show a smooth transition between narratives. Above all else, this anomaly shows the police engagement to be a total fabrication – a piece of theatre to give the public the impression that there had been a crime.
The question must be asked as to why the people who staged the incident felt the need to have paramilitary police on point to pretend to shoot at Adebolajo. It may have been due to a lack of conviction regarding which narrative out of a choice of them to choose. This paramilitary is the same that sat on top of Jean Charles Menezes to shoot him dead. One of the possible stories could have been the death of the two Michaels carried out by the masked assailants. It begins to seem that there might have been two takes – as in a film shoot. More of this later.
Apart from the white-shoed cop, there are other signs to tell us that there really was a switch around of personnel. The CCTV still of Adebowale lying in the road with his feet facing into the centre of the road shows some interesting features that we can’t see on the Mirror footage. Namely, this is the fact that the policeman on the passenger side has stopped some 6 feet perpendicularly from the rear of the car; about 9 or 10 feet from the front passenger door. Noticeably, all the doors on the passenger side are already closed.
The timestamp is 14:34:13.09, and in the equivalent moment in the Mirror footage – or should we say just before D49, the female police officer, is only just beginning to emerge from her door. The car has been stationary for about 3 seconds. So, while D49 can’t emerge clearly from the car (granted she said she was detained by a failure to draw her pistol), in 3 seconds or thereabout, the police man has closed his door and travelled down the road towards the bus (it is cut off in the picture), rather than skirt the edge of the car, and begin to travel towards Adebolajo.
Now, while it is entirely possible that the policeman might have had time to shut the door, it is questionable that he would have made the decision to do it if he thought that any hesitation in dealing with the perpetrators would endanger life. D49 did not close her door, and the third door closed mysteriously on its own – the policewoman emerging from it certainly did not do it. The image suggests that the policeman E42 did not even arrive in the ARV, but was entering the scene from behind the bus.