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Unarmed Man Shot Dead By Police To Be Treated As Homicide

Chris Kaba, 24, was shot dead on Monday by police in Streatham Hill, South London after a car pursuit ended. 


According to BBC, Mr. Kaba died after a gunshot was fired at 22:00 BST by a specialist firearms officer. According to Scotland Yard, the officer is no longer on operational duties.


The vehicle driven by Chris Kaba was recognised by an Automatic Number Plate recognition and linked to a firearms incident that occurred in the days prior. The automobile, however, was not registered to Mr. Kaba.


As reported by BBC, two police cars hemmed in the Audi in a narrow residential street of Kirkstall Gardens. The IOPC explained that CPR was given to Mr. Kaba immediately by the officers and that they also requested ambulance service support. However, later on, Chris Kaba died in hospital.


The IOPC said in a statement announcing the murder investigation, “Our investigation team is continuing to gather and review a large amount of evidence. However, as this is now a criminal investigation, we are limited in what further information we can provide."


The IOPC explained that although the officer involved and his conduct is currently undergoing criminal investigation, "it does not necessarily mean that they will end up facing criminal charges or a misconduct hearing.”


Kaba’s family has called for a murder investigation on the incident on Wednesday as they wanted an answer and accountability. In a statement released through the charity inquest, the family said that he would still be alive if he had not been black. They added,

“We are devastated; we need answers, and we need accountability. We are worried that if Chris had not been Black, he would have been arrested on Monday evening and not had his life cut short.”


Chris Kaba’s car and the police vehicles that were involved in the incident are currently undergoing investigations.


According to an Independent article, Amanda Pearson, assistant commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, said,


“The Met is cooperating fully as the IOPC work to independently establish the full circumstances surrounding the shooting. The officer is not currently on operational duties due to the formal post-incident process. A senior officer will now carefully consider their work status going forward. I absolutely understand that this shooting is a matter of grave concern, particularly for our Black communities. I also know what a difficult and often dangerous job firearms officers, in particular, do every day to try to protect the public. They understand and expect that on the very rare occasions they discharge their weapons, they will face intense scrutiny. I do not underestimate the impact on them of this development. I had urged the public to allow the IOPC the time and space needed to progress the investigation.”


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