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The image of the unarmed British bobby took a hit last week after new details emerged about the death of Jean Charles de Menezes, a Brazilian killed by police when he was mistaken for a suspected suicide bomber the day after the failed July 21 terror attacks. In line with a shoot-to-kill policy put in place after Sept. 11, Menezes was shot eight times after boarding a London Underground train.

Eyewitnesses said Menezes wore a heavy jacket, and that he vaulted over the ticket barrier. These observations seemed to tally with the limited information provided by police, who...

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