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Family of Chris Kaba demand justice as inquest opens and adjourns

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Chris Kaba, an unarmed black man, was shot by police in south London on 5 September
Issue 2825
Thousands marching through central london holding placards which read justice for chris kaba and Black lives matter

Protesters march to demand justice for Chris Kaba in central London last month (Picture: Guy Smallman)

Chris was shot by police in Streatham Hill, south London, on 5 September. His family attended the court for the brief hearing.

The inquest will be adjourned while the circumstances of the shooting are investigated by the watchdog, the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).

Speaking outside the inner south London coroner’s court, Chris’s cousin Jefferson Bosela said, “Today’s hearing was another step in achieving justice for Chris.  Tomorrow, 5 October, marks exactly one month since Chris was shot dead by a police officer while sitting, unarmed, in a car.

“Ever since that terrible moment my family, and everyone that knew him are asking one question, ‘Why?’ A month on, and we are still very far from getting a proper answer.

“But there is something else we want to know, which is just as important—who will be held accountable for his death? We are here—as a family—because we want answers to both of those questions.

“We need answers. How can a young man, sitting in a car, unarmed, be shot in the head by police in London in 2022? This should never have happened. It must never happen again. We must never accept this as normal. Someone must be held accountable.

“We are glad this matter is being investigated by the IOPC as a homicide investigation and we hope this will lead to prosecutions. But we are alarmed at what we have been told about how long this is expected to take. We do not accept that this process should take longer than other murder investigations, merely because the person who killed Chris is a police officer. 

“There are three things that must now happen. One, officers must be interviewed under caution immediately. We have been told that after nearly a month, neither the officer who killed Chris or any of the officers involved have been interviewed under caution.

“Two, a CPS charging decision needs to happen urgently. This should not take months and months. The evidence they need to make that decision should be available within two weeks.

“And three, the family needs to be kept up to date with the investigation. While we have had positive communications with the IOPC at times, our family has had to chase the IOPC for information or push them to do what they should be doing already.” 

 “My cousin Chris was very much loved by us. His loss is with us every day. He had a bright future ahead of him—his first child was about to be born. That his life was cut short by a police officer is a tragedy.

“We will not rest until the people responsible for Chris’ death are held fully accountable.”

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