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Menezes shooting 'changed little'

Jean Charles de Menezes
Jean Charles de Menezes was mistaken for a suicide bomber

A police firearms chief has said that "very little changed" after the shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes.

Chief Supt William Tillbrook told an inquest that training for marksmen at Scotland Yard had remained "broadly the same" since the Brazilian was killed.

But he said police looked at how they could improve every day.

Mr de Menezes, 27, was shot on a train at Stockwell Tube Station, south London, after police mistook him for one of the failed 21 July 2005 bombers.

The inquest has heard officers had thought the electrician was failed suicide bomber Hussain Osman when he was shot at close range on the day after the attempted attacks.

Mr Tillbrook told the hearing at the Oval Cricket Ground, south London: "There were tactics available to my staff which would remain broadly the same.

"I really do not wish it to appear arrogant in any way that we think we have got it absolutely perfect. We all look at what we do every day to see if, in any way, we can improve.

"If I sounded either defensive or arrogant, it really was not meant to and I understand why the family would wish to ensure there would not be a repeat."

The inquest continues.

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