Protests across the UK over killing of unarmed black man Chris Kaba

Chris Kaba
Chris Kaba

source: The Guardian
published: 17 September 2022

Hundreds of people have gathered outside New Scotland Yard as part of a series of protests across the country calling for justice for Chris Kaba, an unarmed black man who was shot dead by police in south London.

The protest is one of many taking place in the UK, in cities such as Manchester, Coventry and Southampton, as part of a National Day of Action organised by the Justice for Chris Kaba campaign.

The police watchdog, the IOPC, is investigating what happened on 5 September, when Kaba was shot, and will [also] look at whether [his] race was a factor [in his death].

Bell Ribeiro-Addy, the Labour MP for Streatham, who has been vocal in her support for Kaba’s family, criticised the fact that the firearms officer who is under investigation by the IOPC was not immediately suspended by the Met.

“In any other profession, if you did something which ended someone’s life, you would be suspended immediately,” Ribeiro-Addy said. “It makes no sense to me, and I’m a politician.”

Speaking of Kaba’s family, Ribeiro-Addy also said that there has been some “shock at the level of dignity” the family have had when making their demands. “All they want is justice … They have called for peace every single time and they have even called for people not to make anti-monarchy statements,” Ribeiro-Addy said. “They don’t want to see any unrest because they understand that that type of violence is what ended their son’s life.”

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