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London chief may resign over shooting

Oct. 16, 2005 at 6:24 PM   |   Comments

LONDON, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- Britain's police chief said he may resign due to the investigation of his department's killing of an innocent man in a subway.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair told a group of government officials and business leaders at the Windsor Leadership Trust there is a lot of pressure on him regarding the fatal shooting of an innocent Brazilian man, The Sunday Times of London reports.

Police officers shot at Jean Charles de Menezes 11 times on July 22, a day after a failed terrorist attack further heightened security -- which had been raised after the deadly July 7 explosions on three subway trains and a bus.

Blair and a number of police officers, senior officers and high-ranking members of the police force could face manslaughter charges. They are also being investigated for a possible coverup of the event.

Some information given to the public by police turned out to be false -- including an allegation that Menezes was wearing a bulky coat and had jumped the pay station when entering the subway station.

Only hours after the shooting, Blair told the media Menezes was "directly linked" to the July 21 bombers.

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