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London police chief faces inquiry into handling of subway shooting

[JURIST] Britain's Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) [official website] has asked Home Secretary Charles Clarke to approve an investigation [IPCC press release] into the way Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair [official profile] handled the July subway shooting of Brazilian Jean Charles de Menezes. De Menezes was killed by police [JURIST report] when he was mistakenly thought to be a suicide bomber connected to the July 21 London bombings [JURIST report]. De Menezes' family claims Blair and Scotland Yard mislead the public by making false public statements linking him to terrorism and failed to correct the inaccurate information. After the shooting, the police said that de Menezes fled from police and Scotland Yard said his "clothing and demeanor" added to suspicions he was a suicide bomber. A separate inquiry will be made into whether the police delayed informing the de Menezes family of Jean Charles' death. IPCC expects to have its investigation into the shooting done by the end of December. BBC News has more.

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