Socialist Worker

Questions after police chase leads to deaths in south London

by Alistair Farrow
Issue No. 2520

Flowers left for the victims

Flowers left for the victims (Pic: Socialist Worker)

Two people died on Wednesday of last week following a high speed police chase speed through a residential area in Penge, south London.

Pedestrians Rozanne Cooper and ten year old Makayah McDermott were killed after a stolen car being pursued by police crashed into them.

Three more people were seriously injured.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is investigating whether police should have called off their pursuit. When IPCC officials came to call on Thursday of last week people were gathered outside the family’s home, leaving flowers and other tributes.


Lift engineer Mark Richardson was one of them. He told Socialist Worker, “The police should have called the pursuit off.”

Later in the evening one person said there were other police officers present at the time of the crash. They arrested the driver once he got out of his car. “Why didn’t they put up a road block?” asked one bystander.

“There was a helicopter overhead so why they had to go so fast I don’t know.”

Met police guidelines state that when an air support unit is present then road units should fall back because “this option reduces the risk of a collision.”

Questions remain to be answered but the IPCC has an abysmal record on holding the police to account.


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