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Chris Kaba The police officer who shot an unarmed black man in south London last year has been charged with murder, the Crown Prosecution Service said. Chris Kaba, 24, died after being shot by a Met firearms officer in Streatham Hill shortly after 10pm on September 5, 2022.
He was followed by an unmarked police car with no lights or sirens turned on in the minutes before the shooting, an inquest heard. Following the killing, the police watchdog, the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), carried out a murder investigation. Today, more than a year on from the incident, the CPS announced it had authorized a murder charge to be issued against a police officer, who has not been named.
Rosemary Ainslie, head of the CPS Special Crime Division, said: ‘Following a thorough review of the evidence provided by the IOPC, the CPS has authorized a charge of murder against a Metropolitan Police officer following the death of Chris Kaba.’The CPS reminds all concerned that criminal proceedings against the officer are active and that he has the right to a fair trial.
‘It is extremely important there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings.’ An inquest at Inner South London Coroner’s Court in October heard that father-to-be Mr Kaba was followed by an unmarked police car with no lights or sirens turned on in the minutes before the shooting.
After his Audi drove down Kirkstall Gardens he was blocked by a marked police vehicle and there was ‘contact’ between the two cars, the court heard, before a marksman fired a single shot through the windscreen, hitting Mr Kaba in the head.
The vehicle had been linked by police to a firearms incident the previous day. Mr Kaba was unarmed and was not being treated as a suspect at the time, an inquest heard in October. News of his killing sparked outrage in the capital, triggering protests and demonstrations by campaigners. Mr Kaba’s heartbroken family have been demanding action and claimed the officer allegedly to have shot their son must face criminal charges.
Speaking earlier this month, Mr Kaba’s mother Helen told the BBC: ‘We need a decision.’ Chris’s father, Prosper added: ‘Not in one week, not in one month, we need it as soon as possible. ‘If he [the officer] was a civilian, he would have been in jail the next day,’ Prosper said. ‘He killed Chris, he killed the family as well. There is no life for us. Everyone is missing his smile, everyone is missing his laugh, everyone is missing his jokes.
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‘I feel so empty, I need answers,’ Mrs Kaba added. ‘I need them [the CPS] to tell me why and how.’ In a joint statement following news an officer had been charged with murder, Mr Kaba’s family said ‘Chris was so very loved by our family and all his friends. He had a bright future ahead of him, but his life was cut short. Our family and our wider community must see justice for Chris.
‘We welcome this charging decision, which could not have come too soon. Now we await the trial of the firearms officer without delay and hope and pray that justice will be served.’ Anita Sharma, head of casework at charity Inquest – which is representing the family – said: ‘Bereaved families should expect that police officers who kill people are held to account for a criminal standard, but this is so often denied.
‘As such, today’s decision from the Crown Prosecution Service is welcome. The next stages of this prosecution must be pursued promptly, whilst ensuring the upmost scrutiny of the officer’s actions. ‘Chris was an unarmed black man who was shot in the head by a police officer on the streets of London. His death has generated national and international disquiet and yet again exposed the racism and violence of policing.’
Speaking today following the decision to charge the officer – who has not been named – with murder, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Helen Millichap said: ‘We have fully supported the IOPC investigation as it has worked to establish the facts. ‘Today’s announcement is a significant and serious development. We must now allow the court process to run its course so it would not be appropriate for me to say more at this stage.
‘Our thoughts are with everyone affected by this case.’ The officer remains suspended from duty. Misconduct matters will be considered at the conclusion of the criminal proceedings. The case file was put together by the police watchdog, the IOPC. The CPS has had the file of evidence since March. In a statement issued through the charity Inquest, Mr Kaba’s family said: ‘Our family, alongside the community who have supported us over the past seven months, have been consistent in our call for accountability.
‘This step forward is necessary and welcome. We urge the Crown Prosecution Service to do their bit and provide their advice to the IOPC urgently.’ It added: ‘Chris was so loved by our family and all his friends. He had a bright future ahead of him before his life was cut short. ‘We must see justice for Chris.’
Speaking in March, IOPC director Amanda Rowe said: ‘This was a tragic incident and our investigators have been working hard to ensure that our comprehensive investigation has been completed without undue delay and within the six-to-nine-month timeframe we provided.
‘Mr Kaba died after he was struck by a single gunshot fired by an MPS officer into the vehicle he was driving. ‘During the investigation, the officer was advised they were under criminal investigation for murder and following the conclusion of our investigation we have referred a file of evidence to the CPS to determine whether to charge the officer.’
The Metropolitan Police Federation, which represents officers in the force from the rank of constable to chief inspector, said: ‘Being a firearms officer in London is one of the world’s toughest jobs. ‘Officers, who volunteer for the role, know the responsibility and accountability that come with it. ‘The Metropolitan Police Federation notes today’s statement from the Crown Prosecution Service in relation to one of our firearms colleagues and make no further comment on that at this time.
‘What we will say is that this decision will leave serving Metropolitan Police colleagues concerned as they go about their incredibly difficult and dangerous work. ‘The officer in question retains our full support as we now go through the legal process.’ Family representative Daniel Machover of Hickman & Rose, paid tribute to Mr Kaba’s loved ones, today saying: ‘Over the past year, Chris’s family have shown extraordinary dignity and strength as they have demanded answers about how Chris was killed, and sought justice and accountability for him.’
Dr Wanda Wyporska, chief executive of Black Equity Organization welcomed what she called the ‘landmark decision’ by the CPS to charge an officer with murder. ‘This decision has been long-overdue. We stand with Chris’ family at this time and demand that the system delivers a verdict swiftly to ensure that they can get the justice they deserve,’ she added.
‘For this reason the slander was full and repeated and the sentence against her cannot be revoked.’