‘Black people across the UK are left wondering: Who’s next?’

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Public figures joined the demand for justice after 24-year-old Kaaba was driving the car, after which police shot him from the car’s windscreen.

London, United Kingdom – The police killing of a black man – 24-year-old father and aspiring rapper Chris Kaaba – has restarted a national conversation about racism within the British police force and sparked fear in the country’s black communities.

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On 5 September, at around 10 p.m., Kaaba was fatally shot by police after a car chase in Streatham Hill, South London district.

He was boxing in and an officer shot through the windscreen of the Audi he was driving, on the driver’s side. He was given first aid at the scene and was taken to the hospital, where he died.


London’s Metropolitan Police, which committed itself to becoming an active anti-racism organization following the death of George Floyd in 2020, said Kaaba’s car was identified as having their registration number “linked to a firearms offense in the past”. was later stopped.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said no gun was found in the car or the surrounding area and that the car marked as carrying a weapon by an automated system was not owned by Kaaba.

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Kaaba’s family said in a statement released to Inquest, a charity that focuses on state-related deaths: “We are devastated; We need answers and we need accountability. We worry that if Chris Black had not been there, he would have been arrested on Monday evening and would not have died.

The family, who say they were not informed of Kaaba’s death for 11 hours, have also asked the authorities to release body-cam footage.

‘Institutional racism’

Black Lives Matter UK told Al Jazeera by email that the murder of Kaaba, also known as Mad Itch from London drill music group 67, was even more shocking as it was the result of the death of 41-year-old man Oladeji Adeyemi Omishore. Happened after. Jumped off a London bridge after being teased by police on 4 June.

“With each death, our community experiences collective grief. Black people across Britain wonder: who’s next? And how can justice and accountability be achieved?”

Black people are more likely to be stopped and searched by police than any other ethnic group, according to official figures, while those aged 16 to 24 have the lowest rates of trust in local police services.

The national police force is 93 percent white, while black officers are 1.3 percent. In comparison, 86 percent of the population is white, while 3.3 percent is black.

“We are twice as likely to die from or after police contact,” Black Lives Matter UK said. “We have decades of evidence that the police and the criminal justice system are to blame for institutional racism.”

Toby Oreden, founder of Black Ballad, an online magazine for Black women, wrote in a newspaper: “This country has been almost silent on the death of Chris Kaaba and this is not true. I know some would argue that Queen Elizabeth’s death Has died, so that’s the main title.

“It’s both fascinating and terrifying (more terrifying) that this country has all the time for a woman who lived a full 96 years and whose power and wealth comes from privilege, racism and colonialism, but no damn about it.” Don’t let a 24-year-old man whose life was taken away by the very people who should obey the law. Like I said, this country doesn’t care about the lives of black people.”

Over the weekend, anti-racism protesters took to the streets of London demanding justice for Kaaba and his family.

Britain’s most famous rapper Stormzy spoke at the rally: “When these guys do this, they get away with it, because what happens is we do it 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 have done is that they have killed someone. We can’t sugarcoat it,” he said, stressing the need for stamina as an investigation is on.

Stormzy speaks during a protest demanding justice for 24-year-old Chris Kebab [File: Maja Smiejkowska/Reuters]

After reviewing the evidence, the IOPC has started an investigation into the murder.

Its investigation continues as a criminal investigation, but it cautioned that “this does not mean that criminal charges will inevitably follow”.

In a video statement, Met Police Commander Alexis Boon offered “heartfelt condolences to the family of Chris Kaaba.”

“The community is hurt, and there is trauma. I have officers who are patrolling, engaging with the public, talking to the community,” he said.

“I want to reassure the community that Weather is fully cooperating with the IOPC as they conduct a thorough and independent investigation.”

The suspension of the weather officer who fired the shots was sought to be joined by South London MPs Bel Ribeiro-Addy and Harriet Herman. Last Monday, the Telegraph reported that the officer in question had been removed from front-line duty.

Credit: www.aljazeera.com /

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