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UK police face questions after killing Brazilian

Reporter: Rafael Epstein

TONY JONES: British police believe London's would-be bombers are still at large and may still have
access to explosives. That knowledge is putting the UK's security services under unprecedented
pressure. And while they're racing to find the men behind last week's failed attacks before they
strike again, they're also facing questions over their shoot-to-kill policy. It's been revealed the
man shot dead last Friday had an expired visa, which may explain why he ran. But despite the
concerns, British police say the policy will remain, and that other people may be shot as
well. From London, Rafael Epstein reports.

RAFAEL EPSTEIN: They are still looking for those who may have planned the attacks that killed more
than 50 on July the 7th. They're looking for another group who slipped through the country's
tightest ever security net, those whose bombs did not detonate last week. And now they've killed an
innocent man. His relatives are asking the obvious question: if police thought Jean Charles de
Menezes was a suicide bomber, why was he allowed to walk down a street, catch a bus and even get
near an Underground station before he was shot on a train?

ALEX PERIRA, VICTIM'S COUSIN: The right place to stop him was between his house and the bus stop.
It's a long way. A quiet place. The right place to stop him. Once they kill somebody, they are
going to make many enemies and the enemies will do what the terrorists are doing today.

RAFAEL EPSTEIN: The intelligence agencies are setting up new units to work with the Muslim
community to try and find those who slipped from extremist views to violent action. But any hope of
building such bridges has been shaken, something that could also hinder their current
investigation.

AZZAM TAMIMI, MUSLIM ASSOCIATION OF BRITAIN: I'm very worried about the shoot-to-kill policy,
because we don't want as citizens of London to be fearful of the terrorists and the police at the
same time. There has to be comfort within us, ease within us, that the police are truly guarding
us, rather than causing a danger to us.

RAFAEL EPSTEIN: Police say one in 10 officers are armed and that they're on the streets in greater
numbers. But it's clear they still haven't found the men behind the attacks that killed so many or
the failed bombers from last week, though they do believe they're still in the country. What's also
clear is they still face the prospect that any one of the millions on London's trains and buses
could be another suicide bomber. So the shoot-to-kill policy will remain.

CHRIS FOX, ASSOCIATE OF CHIEF POLICE OFFICERS: What we've had to do is develop a range of tactics
for a new threat which is this ability to carry explosives and self-detonate them. This means we've
got to be different and different in our approach, but it doesn't start at shooting. It starts at
disruption. It starts at surveillance. It starts in other ways to prevent the threat.

RAFAEL EPSTEIN: The police and intelligence agencies have had broad public support, but that can
change. The Brazilian man may have run because his visa had recently expired. As well, he'd
recently been mugged. And eyewitnesses are now coming forward to say that police were not clearly
identified and could not be heard shouting. If the anger within ethnic communities spills over into
the political arena, that could lead not just to tough inquiries on the shooting, but into
intelligence failures as well. For now, though the government is backing the police force.

CHRIS CLARKE, HOME SECRETARY: In this tragic case a mistake was clearly made which will be
regretted forever, but I don't think that means they are wrong to have a policy to deal with these
appalling circumstances. I wish we didn't to. I wish we didn't have to. I wish we didn't have
suicide bombers, but we do and we have to find means of combating them.

RAFAEL EPSTEIN: A controlled explosion in a West London park yesterday destroyed what was believed
to have been a fifth bomb prepared for last Thursday's failed attacks. Police now believe a fifth
man may have been involved in carrying out the plot. Rafael Epstein, Lateline.