The Daily Telegraph

Met suspends officer over man’s shooting

- By Martin Evans Crime Correspond­ent

THE police officer who fired the shot that killed Chris Kaba – who was unarmed – has been suspended.

Scotland Yard initially removed the officer from frontline duties but allowed him to carry on working while the shooting was investigat­ed. But hours after Sir Mark Rowley began work as the new Met Commission­er, vowing to restore public trust and confidence in the force, the decision was taken to suspend the officer.

It follows mounting anger over the incident and calls from Mr Kaba’s family for a swift investigat­ion and charging decision. Mr Kaba, 24, died following a car chase in south London last week.

The Independen­t Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) announced a homicide investigat­ion after confirming that Mr Kaba was unarmed at the time.

Armed police were alerted when the Audi that he was driving triggered an Automatic Number Plate Recognitio­n camera that indicated it was involved in a recent armed incident.

The IOPC has since confirmed that Mr Kaba was not the registered owner of the vehicle. At the weekend, several hundred people held a peaceful march and demonstrat­ion to demand the officer under investigat­ion be suspended. The decision was taken following a review of the case by senior Met officers.

Assistant Commission­er Amanda Pearson said: “Following the death of Chris Kaba, the firearms officer involved has been suspended from duty. This decision has been reached following careful considerat­ion of a number of factors, including the significan­t impact on public confidence, and in light of the Independen­t Office for Police Conduct announcing a homicide investigat­ion.

“Our thoughts and sympathies remain with Mr Kaba’s family and friends. We understand how concerned communitie­s are, particular­ly black communitie­s and thank those who are working closely with our local officers. We would ask those with informatio­n that could be useful in establishi­ng what happened to contact the IOPC directly to maintain the independen­ce of their investigat­ion.”

 ?? ?? The family of Chris Kaba, 24, has demanded justice after he was shot dead when police stopped his car
The family of Chris Kaba, 24, has demanded justice after he was shot dead when police stopped his car

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