British police back shoot to kill policy, despite killing of innocent man


The Associated Press: London

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An organization of police chiefs on Wednesday defended its policy on using lethal force against suspected suicide bombers, despite the killing of a Brazilian man who police mistook for a terrorist in London last year.

The Association of Chief Police Officers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland drew up the policy in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks in the United States, producing Operation Kratos, a strategy that involves police marksmen shooting suicide bomb suspects in the head with no warning to stop them detonating bombs.

The group reviewed the policy after undercover police mistakenly shot and killed Brazilian Jean Charles de Menezes, a 27-year-old electrician, on a London subway on July 22. The shooting occurred one day after four men had attempted to bomb the capital's transport system and two weeks after a suicide attack on the system had killed 52 commuters and four bombers. London's police have apologized for killing De Menezes by shooting him in the head seven times.

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