Chris Kaba: No firearm discovered at scene of uncommon deadly police capturing in England, watchdog says

Chris Kaba, 24, died after he was shot following a Metropolitan Police automotive chase in Streatham Hill on Monday night, the Unbiased Workplace for Police Conduct (IOPC) mentioned in a press release Wednesday.

Armed police tried to cease the automobile that Kaba was in after an automated quantity plate recognition digital camera indicated that the automobile was linked to a earlier firearms incident, the IOPC mentioned.

At about 10 p.m. (5 p.m. ET), as armed officers tried to cease the automobile, a police officer fired a single shot. Officers on the scene administered CPR whereas extra assist from the London Ambulance Service and London’s Air Ambulance was additionally known as, the IOPC provides. Kaba died within the hospital on Monday night time.

The IOPC, the police watchdog for England and Wales, mentioned it searched the scene and native space on Tuesday night, after which no non-police issued firearm was discovered.

Kaba, a British rapper, was resulting from turn into a father, the PA Media company reported. Kaba’s household has known as for a murder investigation, based on a press release issued by INQUEST, a charity that gives info and assist to households affected by state-related deaths.

“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,” the household assertion reads.

There shall be an in depth forensic examination of the automobile that Kaba was driving and on a number of the police automobiles concerned, the IOPC mentioned. The workplace can even overview body-worn digital camera video and video from the police automobiles, it mentioned.

“We recognize that there is community concern following this incident and we appreciate that questions will remain around how Mr Kaba tragically ended up being fatally shot following an attempted vehicle stop,” regional director Sal Naseem mentioned within the IOPC assertion.

“This investigation is complex in nature and there is a large amount of evidence that our investigators are continuing to gather and review,” Naseem added.

Metropolitan Police commander Alexis Boon mentioned in a press release Wednesday: “I would like to express my sincere condolences to the family and friends of the man who died and I recognise the devastating and lasting impact this tragic incident will have on them.”

Boon mentioned he understood the incident was “extremely concerning,” including that the power is “cooperating fully” with the IOPC.

Deadly police shootings within the UK are very uncommon.

In keeping with knowledge collated by INQUEST, there have been two deadly police shootings in England and Wales in 2021 and three in 2020. Crime statistics for Scotland and Northern Eire are often collected individually.

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Deborah Coles, the director of INQUEST, mentioned in a press release Wednesday: “When the police kill, they must be held accountable to the rule of law. INQUEST fully supports the family’s call for this to be a criminal investigation from the outset. It is essential that fatal use of force by police is examined with this high level of scrutiny.

“There’s rightly anger and frustration at one more Black man whose life has been reduce quick after using deadly power by police. Too usually we see misinformation and demonization of those that die. We hope this isn’t repeated right here, as household and pals mourn the lack of a cherished one.”