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Chris Kaba shooting: officer suspended as homicide investigation continues

The Met Police officer involved in the death of Chris Kaba in Lambeth last week has been suspended from duty.

The news comes after thousands of protestors took to the streets of central London over the weekend, led by Kaba’s family who called for the suspension.

Kaba, 24, was shot by armed police on Monday 5 September after his vehicle was stopped in Streatham Hill.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) on Friday night launched a homicide investigation.

Assistant Commissioner Amanda Pearson said: “Following the death of Chris Kaba, the firearms officer involved has been suspended from duty.

“This decision has been reached following careful consideration of a number of factors, including the significant impact on public confidence, and in light of the Independent Office for Police Conduct announcing a homicide investigation.

Our thoughts and sympathies remain with Mr Kaba’s family and friends. We understand how concerned communities are, particularly Black communities, and thank those who are working closely with our local officers.

“We are actively supporting the IOPC investigation and would ask those with information that could be useful in establishing what happened to contact the IOPC directly to maintain the independence of their investigation.

“The decision to suspend the officer does not determine the outcome of the IOPC investigation.

“Firearms officers serve to protect the public and know that on the rare occasions when they discharge their weapons, they will face intense scrutiny. I know this development will have a significant impact on the officer and colleagues.”

There have been 1,833 deaths following contact with the police in England and Wales since 1990, according to INQUEST, a charity providing expertise on state-related deaths and their investigation to bereaved families.

Deborah Coles, the director of INQUEST, said: “The disproportionality in the use of force against black people adds to the irrefutable evidence of structural racism embedded in policing practices.”

The vehicle was stopped following the activation of an automatic number plate recognition camera which indicated the car had been linked to a firearms offence in the previous days.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the IOPC by phoning 0300 303 0779 or by emailing [email protected] – referencing “Streatham Hill”.

Featured image credit: INQUEST Lawyers Group members Daniel Machover of Hickman and Rose

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