Jurors trying the Metropolitan Police over events leading to the shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes have been told the police are not “above the law”.
Mr Justice Henriques told the Old Bailey jury officers were “accountable” and that the law applied to them “as it applies to any other employer”.
Mr de Menezes was shot at Stockwell tube station.
The Metropolitan Police denies breaking health and safety laws on 22 July 2005.
Summing up the case, Justice Henriques told the jury they should not be concerned about the future effect of the prosecution when deciding on a verdict.