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London Police Chief Apologizes for Shooting Death of Brazilian; Family Unmoved

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London's police chief has apologized to the family of the Brazilian man who was shot and killed by police when officers mistook him for a suicide bomber, but the family says apologies are not enough.

Metropolitan police chief Sir Ian Blair expressed his "deep regrets" to the family in a broadcast interview Sunday, but added that a shoot-to-kill policy remains following the recent suicide bombings.

The 27-year-old Brazilian, Jean Charles de Menezes, was killed Thursday as he ran from plainclothes officers in a subway station. His cousin rejected Sir Ian's comments, saying it was a case of police incompetence.

Brazil's government has demanded an explanation, and its foreign minister is meeting with British officials in London over the shooting.

Meanwhile, police have performed controlled explosions on a suspicious package found in northwest London. Officials say the package may be linked to the recent bomb attacks.

Information for this report is provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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