Family of UK subway shooting victim call for public inquiry, murder charges

[JURIST] The family of Brazilian citizen Jean Charles de Menezes, mistakenly killed by police [JURIST report] who thought they were pursuing a July 21 London bombing [JURIST report] suspect, called Wednesday for a public investigation into the circumstances surrounding the shooting. The family also wants the shooters charged with murder [ITV report] and have called for the resignation [ITV report] of London Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair [official profile]. The remarks come after documents were leaked to ITV that seem to contradict earlier accounts of the shooting. The papers, reportedly from the Independent Police Complaints Commission [official website] inquiry into the tragedy, suggest de Menezes was walking while in the station, only running when he saw a train approaching, and was seated on the subway when he was shot by an officer at point-blank range. Both Scotland Yard and the Home Office have declined comment pending an official report. BBC News has more.



 

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