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.
“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.
“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.
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.
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