The counter-terrorist tactics of Britain’s police are to come under scrutiny today as the latest inquiry opens into the police killing of an innocent man.
Brazilian citizen Jean Charles de Menezes was shot several times in the head at London’s Stockwell Underground station by armed officers who mistook him for a terrorist suspect. They believed he had tried to detonate a bomb on an underground train the day before.
The affair has already triggered four different inquiries and a trial in which London’s Metropolitan Police were found guilty of breaching public safety laws.
The victim’s family have campaigned for individual prosecutions but the courts have ruled this out.
In the latest inquest a jury will be asked to decide whether the killing was unlawful. It will also see the officers who fired the lethal shots give evidence in public for the first time.