Watchdog to investigate whether race was a factor in Chris Kaba shooting

Chris Kaba, 24, who was unarmed, was killed in London on September 5 (Image: Getty/Handout)

Investigators will soon consider whether race was a factor in the fatal shooting of Chris Kaba by an armed officer, the police watchdog has said.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said it would “investigate all the circumstances surrounding the death of the unarmed 24-year-old rapper.

This includes whether “race influenced any actions taken by the police”.

Investigators will look into whether the police officers involved knew Kaba before the incident and how they became aware of the vehicle he had been driving, the watchdog said.

The investigation is expected to take between six and nine months.

IOPC regional director Sal Naseem says Kaba’s family has been involved in discussions.

He said: “We fully appreciate that Chris Kaba’s devastated family and community have many unanswered questions about his death.

“We have been in further contact with Chris’s family this week to answer a number of questions they have and to offer them private and confidential access to video footage as soon as practicable.

Mandatory credit: Photo by Thomas Krych/SOPA Images/REX/Shutterstock (13381337c) Protesters hold placards expressing their opinion during the rally.  Thousands of Black Lives Matter protesters demonstrated in central London, rallying for justice for Chris Kaba, a 24-year-old black man who was fatally shot by police in south London.  Justice for Chris Kaba protest in London, UK - September 10, 2022

Thousands of protesters demonstrated in central London last weekend (Image: Thomas Krych/SOPA Images/REX/Shutterstock)

“We understand that people want answers quickly, but this is a complex investigation involving a significant amount of evidence.

“There are a number of inquiries to be carried out over the coming weeks and months, including expert analysis, and it is important that we allow our investigation to take its course as we try to establish all the facts.”

The Met Police say they welcome “important conversations” going forward.

Assistant Commissioner Amanda Pearson said: “We continue to fully support the IOPC investigation as they work to establish the facts and try to answer the many questions that Mr Kaba’s family and others have surrounding his tragic death.

Mr Kaba, who was about to become a father, died on September 5 (Image: Family of Chris Kaba)

Mr Kaba, who was about to become a father, died on September 5 (Image: Family of Chris Kaba)

“We have spent this week talking to communities across London, including our independent advisory groups – we know how important it is that we listen to their views and concerns and explain as much as we can what is happening. We welcome more of these important conversations.’

Hundreds marched on parliament on Saturday demanding justice for the 24-year-old.

They held signs with slogans such as “no justice, no peace”.

The Metropolitan Black Police Association (Met BPA) offered its condolences to Kaba’s family and said it supported the responses of the IOPC and the Met to the incident so far.

Floral tributes at the scene in Kirkstall Gardens, Streatham Hill, south London, where rapper Chris Kaba was shot dead by armed officers from the Metropolitan Police following a pursuit on Monday night.  Kaba, who was due to become a father within months, died in hospital after a round was fired from a police weapon.  Picture date: Wednesday 7 September 2022. PA photo.  The Metropolitan Police have expressed their condolences to the loved ones of a rapper who was shot dead by armed officers, saying the force understands that

Floral tributes at the scene in Kirkstall Gardens, Streatham Hill, where Chris Kaba died (Image: PA)

Speaking about the public response to the incident, a spokesperson for the group added: ‘It has been a legitimate and powerful show of community strength and unity.

“While it’s encouraging to see, once again it comes through with clear pain and frustration.”

Kaba, who was about to become a father, was killed on September 5 following a police pursuit of his car that ended in Streatham Hill, south London.

His Audi was blocked by two police cars in Kirkstall Gardens, a narrow residential street, and a round was fired from a police weapon.

The Metropolitan Police officer involved has since been suspended from the force.

An inquest into Kaba’s death will be opened on October 4.

Get in touch with our news team by emailing us at webnews@metro.co.uk.

For more stories like this, check our news page.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.