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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

London Police Convicted

LONDON -- London's police force was found guilty Thursday of putting the public at risk over the killing of an innocent Brazilian whom police mistook for a suicide bomber in 2005.

Police shot electrician Jean Charles de Menezes, 27, seven times in the head after he boarded an underground train in south London on July 22, 2005.

They had wrongly identified him as one of four men who had tried to attack the city's transport system a day earlier.

The capital's Metropolitan Police were fined ?175,000 ($364,000) and ordered to pay legal costs of ?385,000 after being convicted of the single charge of breaching health and safety rules that require it to protect the public.

Prosecutors had accused the force of a "shocking and catastrophic error" during the trial at London's Old Bailey Central Criminal Court, in an unusual use of workplace health and safety laws against a police force.

No individual police officers have been punished over the shooting. The Crown Prosecution Service decided last year that there was insufficient evidence to charge any individuals with crimes, a decision which the de Menezes family criticized.

The electrician was killed during a manhunt a day after would-be suicide bombers had escaped after their bombs failed to detonate on London transport. The failed attacks were a copy of suicide bombings that had killed 52 commuters two weeks before.