London Police Blasted in Subway Killing

'05 shooting of innocent mistaken for terrorist endangered public
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 1, 2007 3:59 PM CDT
Deputy Assistant Commissioner Cressida Dick, centre, of London's Metropolitan Police leaves the Central Criminal Court in London Thursday Nov. 1, 2007, following the verdict that London's police force...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – London police were found guilty today of fatal misconduct in the 2005 subway killing of an innocent Brazilian. The force will have to pay roughly $1.17 million for breaking safety rules and endangering the public. Officers shot the victim seven times in the head after mistaking him for a terrorist who'd failed to set off a bomb one day earlier.

The judge deemed the case a “corporate failure, not an individual failure.” Indeed, the jury added a statement to its guilty verdict saying the commander in charge of the operation shouldn't be held personally responsible. The incident went "so badly that the public were needlessly put at risk," prosecutors said; opposition parties renewed calls for the police commissioner to resign.