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Chris Kaba: Investigators will consider if race was a factor in fatal shooting | US News

Investigators will consider whether race was a factor in the fatal shooting of Chris Kaba, it has been revealed.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said it will “explore all of the circumstances” surrounding the death of the unarmed rapper, including whether “race influenced any actions taken by the police”.

Mr Kaba, 24, was shot by police officers on 5 September after a police pursuit of his car which ended in Streatham Hill, south London.

His Audi was hemmed in by two police cars in a narrow residential street before one round was fired from a police weapon.

The Metropolitan Police officer involved has been suspended.

The IOPC will examine whether the police officers knew Mr Kaba before the incident and how they came to be aware of the vehicle he had been driving.

IOPC regional director Sal Naseem said: “We fully appreciate that Chris Kaba’s devastated family and the community have a lot of 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 privately and confidentially the opportunity to view video footage as soon as it is practicable.

‘Significant amount of evidence’

“We have also advised Chris’s family that we aim to complete our investigation within six to nine months.

“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 carry out over the coming weeks and months, including expert analysis, and it is important that we allow our investigation to run its course as we seek to establish all of the facts.”

‘Unacceptably long’

Mr Kaba’s relatives, however, are upset that the investigation could take up to nine months, saying this is “unacceptably long” and “lacks urgency”.

Daniel Machover, head of civil litigation at Hickman & Rose, who is acting on behalf of the family, said: “It indicates insufficient resources to do the job.

“Meanwhile, the IOPC continues to withhold basic information from the family.”

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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 Mr Kaba’s family and others have around his tragic death.

“We’ve been spending this week speaking with local communities across London, including our Independent Advisory Groups – we know how important it is we listen to their views and concerns and explain as far as we can what is happening. We welcome more of these important conversations.”

‘Evident pain and frustration’

A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Black Police Association (Met BPA) said: “There has been a legitimate and powerful show of community strength and unity.

“While heartening to see, it comes yet again through evident pain and frustration.

“This incident comes at a critical time when the MPS remains in special measures over a string of high profile and appalling incidents and are signed up to the Race Action Plan, which commits to fair treatment and anti-racism in policing.

“Therefore, it is vitally important these commitments manifest themselves in sensitive and meaningful engagement in the community, timely information and responsive support to the Kaba family.

“The Met BPA continue to be vocal as a critical friend to the Metropolitan Police and in support of London’s community.”

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

Metropolitan Police officer subject to homicide investigation over fatal shooting of Chris Kaba | UK News

A firearms officer at the Metropolitan Police is the subject of a homicide investigation over the fatal shooting of soon-to-be father Chris Kaba.

Mr Kaba died in hospital in the early hours of Tuesday morning after being shot following a chase with police on Monday night in Streatham Hill, south London.

The police watchdog, which is investigating the incident, said a single round had been fired by armed officers.

In a statement, the Met’s assistant commissioner Amanda Pearson confirmed: “The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) have announced that a firearms officer is now subject to a homicide investigation.

“My thoughts and sympathies remain with Mr Kaba’s friends and family with this news. I also know how concerned our communities are and how they will also be affected by this significant update. We share their concern.

“The Met is co-operating 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”, the statement added.

“A senior officer will now carefully consider their work status going forward,” it said.

The scene in Kirkstall Gardens, Streatham Hill, south London, where a man was shot by armed officers from the Metropolitan Police following a pursuit on Monday evening. The man, believed to be in his 20s, has died in hospital. Picture date: Tuesday September 6, 2022.
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The scene in Kirkstall Gardens, Streatham Hill

‘A baby that he’s never going to see’

Mr Kaba’s car was stopped, the force said, 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”.

His family called for a murder investigation after it emerged no firearm was found on him.

Kim Alleyne, whose daughter Karimah Waite was engaged to Mr Kaba and carrying his child, said the pair were due to marry early next year.

She said: “He was so loved. He was so funny. He was super kind.

“He’s got a baby on the way that he’s never going to see.”

'He was so loved' says Chris Kaba's girlfriends mother.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said the IOPC’s investigation was a “significant development”.

“I fully understand the grave concerns and impact of Chris’ death on black Londoners across our city and the anger, pain and fear it has caused – as well as the desire for justice and change,” he said.

“I appreciate that there are many unanswered questions and I want to reassure all of London’s communities that I will continue to push for these to be answered.”

The IOPC stressed this development does not mean any criminal offence is proven at this point.

“We continue to ask that people avoid speculating about this incident out of respect for Mr Kaba’s family and for everyone else affected,” the watchdog said.

Olivia Pratt-Korbel: Two men held over fatal shooting in Liverpool released on bail | UK News

Two men held over the fatal shooting of nine-year-old Olivia Pratt-Korbel in Liverpool have been released on bail.

Police arrested a 36-year-old man from Huyton and a 33-year-old man from Dovecot on suspicion of murder and two counts of attempted murder.

Both have been released on bail and the 36-year-old has been recalled to prison after breaching the terms of his licence.

Police carry a door away from the murder scene
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Police carried a door away from the murder scene on Saturday

In an update on Saturday afternoon, officers said they “still need people to come forward”.

Detectives are trying to “build up a strong evidential picture and bring those responsible to justice”.

Officers were seen carrying a door away from the murder scene on Saturday, while Merseyside Police is continuing to seek information about a car.

“We are still appealing to anyone who saw a black Audi Q3 in the days leading up to the shooting, or has any information about its movements after leaving Kingsheath Avenue on the night of the shooting,” the force said.

It is also looking for CCTV, dashcam, and smart doorbell footage, which can be submitted online via mipp.police.uk.

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson wore a shirt at Anfield on Saturday with the message: “RIP Olivia, YNWA” (you’ll never walk alone).

Earlier, detectives warned that “silence is not an option” and they “need names”.

They also want to ensure there is “no hiding place for anyone involved” in the killing of Olivia.

The schoolgirl was shot after a gunman chased his intended target, who has been named as 35-year-old convicted burglar Joseph Nee, into her family home in Dovecot. Her mother Cheryl, 46, was injured in the shooting.

The Audi Q3 which has been seized by police. Pic: Merseyside Police
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Detectives are looking for information on an Audi Q3

A local councillor told Sky News that grief in the community has turned to “anger” over the shooting on Monday night.

Harry Doyle, assistant mayor of Liverpool, said: “The community are clearly going through the stages of grief. We feel it.

“Initially it was shock, now it’s very much anger, and you feel that.

“(There is) anger about lots of things but ultimately we want to find the right people (responsible).”

Joseph Nee
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Joseph Nee is believed to have been the intended target of the shooting

Councillor Doyle said he had not seen reluctance from the community in coming forward with information.

He added: “People have come forward with information since day one – and they’ve come forward in their droves.

“I know the police have been really impressed with the amount of people who have come forward with information.”

Anyone with information is asked to message @MerPolCC or contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.