By Simon Basketter
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Chris Kaba demo says, ‘No justice, no peace’

Speakers raged at the cops and the Crown Prosecution Service
Issue 2872
Protesters with Justice for Chris Kaba placards marching on sunny day

On the march for justice in London (Picture: Guy Smallman)

People gathered on Saturday in London to protest at the police killing of Chris Kaba. A police officer shot and killed him in his car in south London on 5 September last year. Around 200 people assembled outside New Scotland Yard in central London.

Repeated chants of “No justice, no peace” and “Who Killed Chris Kaba—the police killed Chris Kaba” filled the air. Marchers carried placards from the Justice for Chris Kaba campaign, Stand Up To Racism and Socialist Worker.

The march went from New Scotland Yard to Parliament Square. As the protest blocked the road outside parliament, campaigner Stafford Scott addressed the crowd. He said, “We’ve been raising our voices for decades. We’ve pleaded to be treated like human beings in this space and in this place. And it’s not happening. We have to work out ways to hold this place to account.”

At a rally on Parliament Square, Helen, Chris’s mother said “So when we talk about no justice, we mean that to be black is not a sin. It’s not a crime. Chris was killed inside the car. They didn’t give Chris even one minute, even one second to ask him even his name. They didn’t give him any chance. So they kill him like he was less than a human.

“We will go on until we get answers and until we get justice. I’m very disappointed. The CPS have had the files since March. They got everything. They got evidence to decide to charge the police who killed Chris. But no, no answer.”

Prosper, Chris’s father, added, “Chris had a future. Maybe another 50 years, another 70 years in front of him. But look at now and no one is taking accountability and the CPS can hold a file on his table for five months without reading it or deciding on it. Enough is enough. This must change.”

Marcia Rigg, whose brother Sean was killed in Brixton police station in 2008, spoke at the rally. This week the IOPC police watchdog apologised to her for the numerous delays in the case and the fact she was not told about the police involved in killing Sean receiving compensation payments.

Marcia told the crowd, “We fight for equal rights and justice. But we are human beings. Yes, we are not dogs. The police respect their dogs more than they respect us. Really? They’re the dogs. Right now I am angry. Fifteen years later I find out that police officers that killed my brother were paid compensation. Shame. Shame on those police officers.

“How can you take taxpayers’ money after you kill our loved ones? You are the scum of the earth. And I make no apology to say it today. No justice, just us. No justice no peace.” 

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