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Chris Kaba: Parents of man shot by police call for justice a year after his death | UK News

The parents of a man who was shot dead by police last year have led a protest in London as they continue to wait for answers a year after his death.

The march to mark the one-year anniversary of Chris Kaba’s death began at New Scotland Yard and ended in Parliament Square on Saturday.

The 23-year-old was killed after the car he was driving was followed through south London by an unmarked police car with no lights or sirens.

He then turned into Kirkstall Gardens, a narrow residential street in Streatham Hill, where there was a collision between the vehicle he was in and an unmarked police car that was waiting for him at the scene.

A police officer who was in that marked vehicle is now referred to as NX121 for legal reasons.

The marksman fired one shot through the windscreen, hitting Mr Kaba in the head.

With the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) yet to make a decision to charge the officer involved in the case, the message from the protesters was clear – they want answers now.

At the forefront of the protest was Mr Kaba’s father Prosper Kaba and mother Helen Kaba, who both spoke at the event.

“Chris’s matter is our matter,” said Ms Kaba.

“I know I am vulnerable, but I’ve got strength. God has given me the strength to fight till we’ve got justice. We need accountability, we need an answer for what happened to Chris.”

Chris Kaba
Chris Kaba

Ms Kaba also criticised the length of the legal process, which began with an Independent Office for Police Conduct investigation in the aftermath of Mr Kaba’s shooting on 5 September last year, before a file was passed to the CPS this March.

“The CPS have got everything, they’ve got evidence to decide to charge the officer who killed Chris,” she said in front of the crowd.

“Why in the 21st century should this happen to Chris? No matter what, we need an answer and we need a charging decision without delay.”

The incident last year sparked protests across the country, taking place on two consecutive weekends in September.

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Helen Lumuanganu speaks at the protest
Chris Kaba’s mother speaks at the protest

Helen Lumuanganu wants answer after her son's death
Helen Kaba wants answer after her son’s death

On Saturday the crowd was smaller, a fact some of the speakers alluded to, urging people to continue to support the campaign.

Those who turned out were in full voice, chanting and carrying placards that include the words “justice for Chris Kaba” and “no justice, no peace”.

Mr Kaba’s father has asked why the officer involved was not jailed.

Chris Kaba's parents
Prosper Kaba has asked why the officer who killed his son is not in jail

He said: “This officer broke trust between our community and them. To build up this trust they [the police] need to change.”

Speaking before the event, the team campaigning around the family said they want to see the case spark a wider change.

The CPS said it did not provide timescales for charging decisions and prosecutors were “carefully considering the file of evidence”.

A CPS spokesperson said: “As always, we will make that decision independently, based on the evidence and in line with our legal test.”

BBC presenter should only be named after ‘full’ investigation, says justice secretary | Politics News

A Cabinet minister has suggested the BBC presenter who has been suspended for allegedly paying for sexually explicit images of a teenager should only be named once a “full” investigation has taken place.

Justice Secretary Alex Chalk agreed there was a “public interest” in the broadcaster being named but said it would not be appropriate to do so “immediately” or until a “full investigation” had taken place.

The BBC has been rocked by allegations that one of its presenters – reportedly a “household name” – paid a 17-year-old thousands of pounds for sexually explicit images.

The presenter, who has since been suspended, reportedly paid £35,000 for the photographs, which the mother has claimed was spent on funding the now 20-year-old’s drug habit.

The Sun reported that the presenter allegedly first requested images from the young person in 2020 when they were 17-years-old and has made a series of payments over the years.

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In a statement on Sunday, the BBC said the presenter had been suspended after it had received new allegations of a different nature in addition to their own enquiries.

It has also now been in touch with external authorities, the corporation said.

Mr Chalk described the allegations as “very serious and very concerning”.

Asked whether there was a public interest for the broadcaster to be named, Mr Chalk told Sky News’ Kay Burley: “This is quite a difficult, nuanced legal issue. I’m not going to criticise them at this stage because it will depend on all sorts of things.

“So, for example, if an allegation were made against you and it was of an extremely serious nature, then I don’t think it would necessarily be appropriate to name you immediately until there had been a full investigation.”

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“And that is why, if I may say so, it is really important that time is of the essence because there is a public interest in this, I accept that.

“But equally there is a public interest in ensuring that people aren’t defamed as well.”

He added: “So it is a matter of fact and degree. Not every single immediate allegation would need to lead to that person being unmasked, so to speak.

“But the process does need to continue so there is sufficient detail in that investigation to potentially justify that important step.

“Once the allegation is publicly made and that individual is unmasked, the consequences can be very serious, to say nothing of the potential legal knock-on implications.”

‘Presenter made panicked calls’

According to reports, the family first made a complaint to the BBC in May, asking the broadcaster to make the man “stop sending the cash”.

The BBC confirmed in a statement that it had “first became aware of a complaint in May” and that it “takes any allegations seriously” and has “robust internal processes in place to proactively deal with such allegations”.

However, despite the complaint being raised in May, the presenter was still on air a month later, leading the family to grow frustrated.

On Monday, fresh claims emerged in the Sun that the BBC star called the young person to ask “what have you done?”.

He then allegedly asked the person to speak to their mother and urge her to stop the investigation, the paper added.

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Mr Chalk said suggestions the BBC allowed the presenter to stay on air despite the allegations were “astonishing”.

“If that is right, then it is astonishing and you would have expected robust action to have been taken much more quickly.

“I don’t know precisely what was said, and that is why there needs to be a full discussion of this in the fullness of time.”

On the internal BBC investigation, Mr Chalk said: “I want them to get on with it.”

Why is the police involved?

The BBC is set to meet the Metropolitan Police today about the allegations.

The Sun reported that the first payments for sexually explicit photos were allegedly made when the teenager was 17.

While the legal age of consent in the UK is 16, it is a crime to make or possess indecent images of anyone under 18.

The Met said last night it “received initial contact” but “no formal referral or allegation has been made”.

“We will require additional information before determining what further action should follow,” the spokesperson said.

Metropolitan Police ‘truly sorry’ for David Carrick’s ‘cruel’ crimes as victims await justice at rapist’s sentencing | UK News

The Metropolitan Police has apologised to the victims of sacked PC David Carrick, as they wait to hear how one of the country’s most prolific sex offenders will be punished at a two-day sentencing hearing.

Assistant Commissioner Barbara Gray has said she is “truly sorry” after the force let down the victims of Carrick, adding that “he should not have been a police officer.”

Carrick, 48, served as a Met officer for 20 years and was sacked from the force for gross misconduct after admitting 49 criminal charges – including 24 counts of rape over an 18-year period.

His sentencing hearing begins on Monday at London’s Southwark Crown Court.

‘We let them down’

Assistant Commissioner, Met Police - Barbara Gray
Met Police Assistant Commissioner Barbara Gray

Apologising to Carrick’s victims, Assistant Commissioner Gray said the Met has “let them down”.

She said the force had “failed to identify a man in the ranks of the Metropolitan Police Service who carried out the most awful offences”.

She added Carrick “should not have been a police officer”.

She also warned: “More detail will be provided about the cruel and abusive nature of his crimes and about the impact they have had on the tremendously brave women who came forward to provide evidence against him.”

Carrick has admitted to “the most appalling offences against women” and his sentencing needs to be about his victims as “they truly deserve to have their voices heard and see justice done”, the assistant commissioner said.

She added that the Met is “determined to root out those who corrupt our integrity”.

The attention on the Met after Carrick’s crimes came to light has seen the force speak out about its “genuine and urgent commitment to address systemic failings”, she added.

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‘Painful stories’

Last month, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Mark Rowley said that two or three police officers are expected to appear in court each week to face criminal charges in the coming months as the scandal-hit force attempts to reform.

He told the London Assembly Police and Crime Committee that more “painful stories” will emerge as moves progress to remove hundreds of corrupt officers who are thought to be serving.

A new Met Police integrity hotline has received “tens of calls” a week, leading to new investigations, Sir Mark said, a third of which relate to other forces.

In the wake of Carrick’s conviction, around 1,000 previous cases involving Met officers and staff who were accused of sexual offences or domestic violence are being reviewed to make sure they were handled correctly.

This is expected to be completed by the end of March.

PC David Carrick
Sacked PC David Carrick
Met Police integrity hotline has received 'tens of calls' a week, leading to new investigations.

Anti-corruption and abuse command ‘proactively investigating’

A new anti-corruption and abuse command is also proactively investigating and identifying officers and staff who abuse their positions of trust whether on duty or off duty, in person or online, the Met says.

A thorough audit of national police systems, specifically the Police National Computer and Police National Database, is also being undertaken to seek out intelligence and information about officers and staff that may not be known by the organisation.

All closed cases from the past decade where officers and staff were reported to the Directorate of Professional Standards for involvement in incidents – ranging from using inappropriate language in the workplace to allegations of the most serious sexual offending – are being reviewed.

The Met said it expects most cases should have been dealt with appropriately but it knows it has previously failed to identify patterns of behaviour and consider prior offending or incidents.

Eleanor Williams: Woman who made Asian grooming gang claims found guilty of perverting course of justice | UK News

A woman who claimed she had been the victim of an Asian grooming gang has been convicted of perverting the course of justice.

Eleanor Williams, 22, put pictures on Facebook and claimed she had been groomed, trafficked and beaten – but prosecutors said her injuries were self-inflicted with a hammer.

Her post was shared more than 100,000 times and led to demonstrations in her hometown and a visit by English Defence League founder Tommy Robinson to “investigate”.

A jury at Preston Crown Court today found her guilty of eight counts of doing acts tending and intended to pervert the course of justice.

As well as claiming an Asian gang abused her, the court heard she had accused multiple men of rape going back to 2017.

Williams, from Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria, published the pictures in May 2020 after claiming she’d been taken to a house and raped.

However, prosecutors said the injuries were self-inflicted with a blood-stained hammer found by police at her home.

Jonathan Sandiford KC said it was the “finale” to a string of lies.

“The defendant goes online to her social media contacts and effectively finds random names on the internet she presents as being victims of trafficking or perpetrators,” he told the jury.

It was alleged she sent some social media messages to herself, making them appear as if they were from traffickers or other victims.

In other cases, she was accused of manipulating real people to send messages which she then said were from abusers.

A Snapchat account she said belonged to an Asian trafficker called Shaggy Wood in fact belonged to an Essex man who worked in Tesco, the trial heard.

Jurors were also told about Williams’ claims that businessman Mohammed Ramzan had groomed her from age 12, making her work in brothels in Amsterdam and even selling her at an auction in the city.

Prosecutors compared it to the storyline from Liam Neeson film Taken, but said that at the time she was in Amsterdam Mr Ramzan’s bank card was being used in B&Q in Barrow.

Mr Ramzan told Williams’ lawyer during questioning: “Don’t you think you have put my life through enough hell, or your client has?”

One man she accused of rape, Jordan Trengove, told the court the claims had ruined his life.

Williams denied telling a “pack of lies” and told the court she wanted “people to know what was going on in Barrow, still is going on”.

She pleaded guilty to one count of perverting the course of justice at an earlier hearing, after contacting her mother and sister to ask them to take the hammer to her solicitor.

Williams will be sentenced in March.

Stormzy joins protesters demanding justice for Chris Kaba | UK News

Stormzy has joined protestors in support of the family of Chris Kaba, who was shot dead by armed Metropolitan Police officers in south London.

A march took place through London on Saturday over the death of Mr Kaba, with crowds gathering outside Scotland Yard demanding justice for the 24-year-old.

Mr Kaba, who was due to become a father, died in hospital in the early hours of Tuesday after being shot following a chase with police on Monday night in Streatham Hill.

Chris Kaba
Chris Kaba

Vossi Bop singer Stormzy, 29, spoke at the march, saying: “Chris has a mother, he has a family, he has brothers, he has friends, people who knew him in real life, who for them, it’s unbearable.”

He said there was no way to “sugar coat” what had happened to Mr Kaba and urged them to “have stamina” in their efforts to raise awareness of his death and the events surrounding it.

“Everyone here today, I would encourage everyone to have stamina,” he said.

“And I know it’s a very difficult thing to say… But when these people do these things, they get away with it, because what happens is we do this once, we get tired, we tweet, we get tired, we do it for a week, we do it for two weeks, we do it for a month, and they know we get tired.”

“What they’ve done is they’ve killed someone. We can’t sugar coat it,” he added.

Hackney Labour MP Diane Abbott and Streatham Labour MP Bell Ribeiro-Addy were also at the event in the capital, which saw supporters in the crowd carrying signs saying “Justice for Chris Kaba” and “Black Lives Matter”.

Calls for officer to be immediately suspended

Mr Kaba’s car was stopped, the Met 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.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) has launched a homicide investigation into the incident.

Mr Kaba’s family have demanded the firearms officer involved be “immediately suspended” pending the result of the IOPC investigation.

Met Assistant Commissioner Amanda Pearson said on Friday the officer involved is not currently on operational duties and their work status will be carefully considered going forward.

She said the force was cooperating fully with the IOPC investigation.

Credit: Miranda Grell
Stormzy joined protestors. Photo: Miranda Grell

‘He was so loved’

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.”