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Monday, November 23, 2009

London police settle with family of man mistaken for terrorist
Jonathan Cohen at 11:18 AM ET

[JURIST] London's Metropolitan Police Service (Met) [official website] and the family of Jean Charles de Menezes [BBC profile] on Tuesday announced [press release] an end to litigation stemming from de Menezes' death, caused by two Met officers in 2005. No details were given about the compensation awarded to the family:


[I]n view of the physical and mental distress caused to the members of the family by these events and the understandable publicity and press interest, it has been agreed that it is in the best interests of the family that no further statement in relation to this settlement will be made either by them or the Commissioner.

De Menezes was shot [JURIST report] by two Met police officers who thought he was involved in the London Transit bombings [JURIST news archive], in which four suicide bombers killed 52 people. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) [official website] found that the Met had violated [JURIST report] health and public safety laws during the shooting. CPS concluded that there was not enough evidence to bring charges [JURIST report] against the officers, but former Commissioner Sir Ian Blair [official profile] tendered his resignation [JURIST report] following the de Menezes incident.





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