London police guilty in Brazilian's subway shooting death
The LondonMetropolitan Policebroke health and safety laws in the fatal shooting of an innocent Brazilianelectrician who was mistaken for a suicide bomber on asubway car, ajury in Britainruled Thursday.
During the trial, prosecutor Clare Montgomery said the"fundamental failures" of a police surveillance team led to the endangerment of the public and de Menezes's death.
The jury said Thursday that thepolice force put the public at unnecessary risk, butruledthe commander of the surveillance unit, deputy assistant commissionerCressida Dick, bore "no personal culpability" inthe incident, the BBC reported.
The force now faces an unlimited fine, butindividual officers involved in the botched operation will notbe subjected tocharges.
De Menezes, an electrician who had been in the country for three years, lived in a building that was under surveillance because it was believed to house a suspect wanted in connection with the unsuccessful bombings of July 21.
When de Menezes left his apartment, he was believed to be that man and subsequently tracked to the station. He rushed to board a waiting train car, where two officers pinned him to the floor and shot him seven times in the head and once in the shoulder.
Police later apologized to de Menezes's family for the killing and acknowledged their officers made mistakes under considerable pressure to thwart more attacks, but vehemently denied thecharge.
Shortly afterThursday's verdict against his force, Blair said he would not resign his position.