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Rio de Janeiro is a killing fi
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil - To the residents of the Little Alligator slum in the heart of this city's violent northern neighborhoods, what happened to pizza delivery man Bruno Ribeiro de Macedo on a recent Friday afternoon could have befallen any of them.

After his 77-year-old father suffered a heart attack at home, the 19-year-old mounted his motorcycle in shorts and sandals and zoomed to the slum's entrance to find a taxi to take his father to a hospital.

Police officer Julio Cesar de Oliveira Lira, who was on patrol outside the slum, thought Ribeiro de Maced... Read more

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No charges for cops who killed

Eleven British police officers will not face disciplinary action in the death of a Brazilian man who was mistaken for a terrorist and gunned down in the subway days after the 2005 London transit bombings, a police commission said Friday.

Jean Charles de Menezes, 27, was shot seven times in the head by Scotland Yard anti-terror officers as he sat on a London subway train July 22, 2005 - two weeks after four suicide bombers killed themselves and 52 commuters on three subway trains and a bus, and a day after a failed set of attacks.

Police acknowledge they had wrongly identified de Menezes. Prosecutors decided last year they would not seek criminal charges against the officers involved.

On Friday, the Independent Police Complaints Commission said the officers would also not face disciplinary action on the force.

"The grief and anger of (de Menezes') family is entirely understandable and - as I have been powerfully reminded - remains unassuaged,'' said the commission's chairman, Nick Hardwick.

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