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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.

Chris Kaba: Family of man shot dead by police in London call for murder investigation – and question role of race | UK News

The family of a man shot dead by police have called for a murder investigation into his killing – and have questioned whether his life would have been “cut short” if he were not black.

Chris Kaba, who was due to become a father within months, died after a chase involving armed officers that ended in Streatham Hill, south London, on Monday night.

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

His family said on Wednesday they were “devastated” and needed “answers and accountability” over his death.

A statement released through the charity Inquest said Mr Kapa’s family “seek a homicide investigation into his death from the outset”.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) have been told of the demand of the family who “do not want any delay as has happened in other fatal shootings – otherwise we and the wider public can have no confidence that the police will be held to account”, the statement added.

The family said: “We also want the IOPC to tell us whether or not a weapon was found in any search of the vehicle that Chris was driving.

“We have not received this information even though the shooting happened almost two days ago.”

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Streatham shooting: ‘He was so loved’

Mr Kapa’s family have appealed for any witnesses to the pursuit or the shooting to come forward.

“We are devastated; we need answers and we need accountability,” they said.

“We are worried that if Chris had not been black, he would have been arrested on Monday evening and not had his life cut short.”

The Metropolitan Police earlier expressed its condolences to Mr Kaba’s loved ones, saying the force understood that “the family and community want answers”.

Commander Alexis Boon said the incident was “extremely concerning” and vowed the force would co-operate with the police watchdog in its aftermath.

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 Streatham Hill, south London, where Mr Kaba was shot dead

The officer said: “I would like to express my sincere condolences to the family and friends of the man who died and I recognise the devastating and lasting impact this tragic incident will have on them.

“I understand that this incident is extremely concerning and I would like to reassure the community that the Met is co-operating fully with the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) as they carry out a thorough and independent investigation.”

The shooting is being investigated by the IOPC, as is standard in deaths following police contact.

Speaking at the scene on Tuesday, Kim Alleyne, whose daughter Karimah Waite was engaged to Mr Kaba, said of him: “He was so loved. He was so funny. He was super kind. Crazy. He was always happy. He’d do anything for you.

Kimberly Alleyne who said she is the mother-in-law to be of the deceased, speaks to the media at the scene in Kirkstall Gardens, Streatham Hill, south London. 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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Kimberly Alleyne spoke to reporters

“He was a fiance, he was due to get married in five months’ time. He’s got a baby on the way that he’s never going to see.

“It’s horrible and so shocking and so sad.”

Some paying tribute at the scene said Mr Kaba was a rapper known as Madix or Mad Itch 67.

Jefferson Bosela, who was Mr Kaba’s cousin, said: “He was a good person, a good, happy guy. He didn’t deserve that. No-one deserves that.

“Nobody deserves to be shot by the police, whether they are a good person or a bad person.”

Tory leadership race: Rishi Sunak wins over audience in Sky News’ Battle for Number 10 programme | Politics News

Rishi Sunak was deemed to have won Sky News’ Battle for Number 10 after the majority of audience members voted for him over rival Liz Truss.

Ms Truss and Mr Sunak faced tough challenges from Conservative members who are mostly undecided, followed by questions from Sky News’ Kay Burley.

After the pair put forward their arguments for why they should replace Boris Johnson as leader of the Tory party, and therefore prime minister, the audience members were asked who they thought had won the argument.

The audience, made up of Conservative Party members, convincingly backed Mr Sunak in a show of hands, rather than Ms Truss – who has been winning polls since the battle was whittled down to two.

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Ms Truss put herself forward as the candidate of integrity, repeatedly saying she will always listen to people and will do something different if a policy is not working.

She said a recession is “not inevitable”, hours after interest rates were hiked, and promised “bold” action compared with Mr Sunak’s caution.

However, former chancellor Mr Sunak said Ms Truss’ vision “will make the situation worse” as he reminded audience members of his financial actions to help people during the COVID pandemic.

He stressed a need to get a grip on runaway inflation before cutting taxes, adding: “But it all starts with not making the situation worse.

“Because if we just put fuel on the fire of this inflation spiral, all of us, all of you, are just going to end up with higher mortgage rates, savings and pensions that are eaten away, and misery for millions.”

Tory leadership race: Sunak accused of ‘mansplaining’ as blue-on-blue attacks escalate – with odds still favouring Truss | Politics News

The blue on blue attacks have ramped up after Rishi Sunak was accused of “mansplaining” to Liz Truss during their first head-to-head TV debate.

Mr Sunak spoke over Ms Truss several times as she attempted to explain her tax-cutting policies to the BBC audience of Tory members.

This prompted accusations of “mansplaining” – when a man explains something, typically to a woman, in a condescending or patronising manner.

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Allies of Ms Truss said Mr Sunak had demonstrated “aggressive mansplaining and shouty private school behaviour”.

But veteran Conservative David Davis, who has run for leader twice, dismissed the accusations and said former chancellor Mr Sunak is simply “passionate”.

He told Sky News’ Kay Burley: “I think he’s passionate about these issues, he cares about it.

“He really does care about the fact that either us or our children will face phenomenal costs on this policy, life destroying, you’d have to sell your house, move out.

“I think it actually reflects well on him that he’s that passionate about the policy.”

Mr Davis added that when he was fighting for the leadership against David Cameron in 2005 he was “just as forensic and difficult” with him, but nobody accused him of “anything untoward”.

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Chief Secretary to the Treasury Simon Clarke, who is backing Ms Truss, said Mr Sunak was “pretty aggressive”.

He told Sky News: “There were some pretty aggressive moments from Rishi at the beginning as Liz tried to set out her case.

“But by and large, I think the debate was held in a reasonable spirit, reflecting obviously the importance of issues.”

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Despite the pair saying they want to run clean campaigns, the contest has become more and more angsty, with allies of the two trading increasingly personal attacks over the weekend.

During the debate, the first since they were whittled down to the final two, Ms Truss said she would impose a temporary moratorium on the green energy levy and reverse the national insurance rise.

She also said her plans would see the government start paying down the debt that mounted up through COVID relief measures implemented by Mr Sunak in three years’ time.

As she accused Mr Sunak of being “contractionary” by putting up taxes, which she said would lead to a recession, Mr Sunak interrupted her.

He said: “Liz, your plans… your own economic adviser has said that will lead to mortgage interest rates going up to 7%. Can you imagine what that’s going to do for everyone here and everyone watching? That’s thousands of pounds on their mortgage bill.”

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Truss and Sunak in head-to-head

And as Ms Truss tried to continue, Mr Sunak said: “It’s going to tip millions of people into misery, and it’s going to mean we have absolutely no chance of winning the next election either.”

Sophie Raworth, who was hosting the debate, had to step in to insist Mr Sunak allowed Ms Truss to speak.

After that, the pair had some cordial exchanges, including when Ms Truss complimented Mr Sunak on his dress sense after Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries earlier criticised his expensive taste in clothes.

They also said they would want the other to be involved in their government.

Analysis: Sunak comes out more aggressive

Jon Craig - Chief political correspondent

Jon Craig

Chief political correspondent

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The smiles didn’t last long. From the outset, Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss argued bitterly for nearly half the debate on the economy and tax.

Her argument: “I’ll cut taxes now.” Him saying that it’s irresponsible and immoral. At times that got pretty fierce.

Mr Sunak, the underdog, was much more aggressive than in previous debates. But Ms Truss fought back strongly.

Most of it was more lively and more bitter, you might say, than the two previous debates they have taken part in.

China and Ukraine were dealt with only briefly. And then it got personal.

They also clashed on loyalty to Boris Johnson. There were personal questions as well about Ms Truss’s earrings and Rishi Sunak’s expensive suits. It all got quite passionate at times.

And finally, frontrunner Ms Truss invited Mr Sunak to be in her cabinet if she wins – and he appeared to say yes.

Ms Truss the frontrunner, but we’ve seen Mr Sunak catching up and a snap opinion poll last night suggested on the performances here in Stoke-on-Trent it’s neck and neck.

A snap poll by Opinium after the debate, based on a sample of 1,032 voters, found 39% believed Mr Sunak had performed best, compared to 38% for Ms Truss.

However, betting odds remain in favour of Ms Truss.

Postal ballots are set to arrive at Tory members’ doorsteps by 5 August, with another TV debate on Tuesday evening and a third on 4 August on Sky News.

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