Probe into killing by police expands

LONDON, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- The panel looking into the shooting of a man in the London subway said its probe would include a look at actions by Metropolitan Police chief Ian Blair.

'Bomber' marksmen may dodge bullet

LONDON, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- Two London police marksmen who mistook a Brazilian commuter for a suicide bomber reportedly will escape criminal charges for murder or manslaughter.

British snipers hit Iraqi suicide bombers

LONDON, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- British military officials confirmed Sunday an elite commando unit of snipers hunted down and killed three would-be suicide bombers in Baghdad.

London chief may resign over shooting

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.

Slain innocent's family sees London scene

LONDON, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- The family of a Brazilian man who London police shot to death in July during a terrorism scare visited the subway station where he died Wednesday.

Public probe sought in shooting

LONDON, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- The family of a Brazilian electrician shot and killed by anti-terrorist police in Britain is demanding a public inquiry into the incident.

Blair backs Scotland Yard chief

LONDON, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- The head of Scotland Yard has the support of Prime Minister Tony Blair, despite criticism for the way he handled the shooting of an innocent man.

Police deny $1M offer over shooting

LONDON, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- Police in London say they have made no offer to settle for $1 million with the family of a Brazilian man shot by police who mistook him for a terrorist.

London police said resisted killing probe

LONDON, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- London police resisted an independent investigation into the shooting death of a Brazilian man on a subway car last month, an official report says.

Call made for Scotland Yard chief to quit

LONDON, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- The family of a Brazilian man mistakenly killed as a bombing suspect by London police is calling for the head of Scotland Yard to resign.

Report: London police bungled shooting

LONDON, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- A leaked report shows a series of blunders led to Scotland Yard officers killing a Brazilian man they believed to be a transit bombing suspect.

Blair calls Brazil's Lula with condolences

RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- British Prime Minister Tony Blair reportedly spoke with Brazil's president Tuesday to offer his apologies for the death of a Brazilian killed in London.

British Muslims 'living in fear'

LONDON, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- All British Muslims are "living in fear" of police harassment, arrest and possible execution following the July bombings, a radical Islamic party says.

Family buries Brazilian killed in London

GONZAGA, Brazil, July 29 (UPI) -- A Brazilian man shot and killed by London police who mistook him for a terror suspect was buried Friday in his hometown in Brazil.

Use of Taser on bomber 'incredible risk'

LONDON, July 29 (UPI) -- British police chief Sir Ian Blair has criticized the use of a Taser in the arrest of July 21 bomb suspect Yassin Hassan Omar.
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Jean Charles de Menezes
Supported by her son, Brazilian Maria Otone de Menezes visits the shrine of her son 27-year-old Jean-Charles de Menezes who was mistakenly identified as a suicide bomber and shot seven times by British Metropolitan police at the time of the terrorist attacks in London on Wednesday September 28, 2005. The family have come to London to seek answers and justice for their dead son. (UPI Photo/Hugo Philpott)

Jean Charles de Menezes (pronounced in Mineiro Portuguese) (7 January 1978 – 22 July 2005) was a Brazilian national shot dead by police at Stockwell tube station in London, England. He was shot in the head seven times at close range by Metropolitan Police officers ("The Met") who misidentified him as a suicide bomber about to explode a device on the London Underground. Within hours police discovered that he was not involved in any terrorist act, but was actually an innocent victim. Immediate and later accounts of what happened on the day of the shooting published in the press contradicted each other, specifically on the manner and clothing of Menezes as he entered the station, and the presence of police warnings before firing. The shooting sparked public debate over an apparent change in police policy, in which a shoot to kill practice known as Operation Kratos had been introduced to deal with terrorist threats.

On the day of the shooting, the police were hunting the four suspects on the run after the failed bombing of the London Underground (The Tube) the previous day, the 21 July 2005 London bombings (not to be confused with the 7/7 London bombings two weeks earlier). Intelligence had linked an address inside Jean Charles's home, a block of flats in the Tulse Hill area of south London, to the bombing. Police put the common entrance to the nine flats under surveillance. On the morning of the shooting, police sighted Jean Charles emerging from the entrance of the block. Plain clothes officers - who were armed with pistols for self-protection only - followed Menezes as he took a bus to Brixton tube station, before boarding another bus to Stockwell tube station having found Brixton to be closed. Shortly after Menezes entered Stockwell tube, more heavily-armed Specialist Firearms Officers who had been called to the scene entered the station, and shot Menezes dead shortly after he boarded a tube train, while the doors remained open and the train remained in the platform.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) launched two investigations into the shooting, termed Stockwell 1 and Stockwell 2. Stockwell 1, whose findings were initially kept secret, concluded that no officer involved in the shooting would face disciplinary charges, but made recommendations for changes to operational procedures to improve public safety in future anti-terrorist operations. Stockwell 2 strongly criticised the police command structure and communications to the public, bringing pressure on the Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair to resign. In July 2006, based on the IPCC findings, the Crown Prosecution Service announced that there was insufficient evidence to prosecute any of the officers involved in the shooting, who remain unnamed, although a corporate criminal prosecution of the Metropolitan Police was brought under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. This alleged that the Metropolitan Police service had failed in its duty of care to Menezes. After lodging a not guilty plea, on 1 November 2007 the service was found guilty and fined, although the jury added a rider that Cressida Dick, operational commander on the day, bore "no personal culpability".

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