According to the Crown Prosecution Service, a police officer has been charged with murder for fatally shooting an unarmed Black man. Chris Kaba, who was to become a father, was murdered in Streatham Hill, south London, on September 5, 2022. He was struck through the windshield of the Audi he was driving, causing his death.
“Following a thorough review of the evidence provided by the IOPC (Independent Office for Police Conduct), the CPS has authorised a charge of murder against a Metropolitan Police officer following the death of Chris Kaba. “Kaba died on 6 September 2022 after he was struck by a single bullet in Streatham Hill, south London. The CPS reminds all concerned that criminal proceedings against the officer are active and that he has the right to a fair trial. It is extremely important there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings,” Rosemary Ainslie, head of the CPS Special Crime Division.
“Chris was so very loved by our family and all his friends. He had a bright future ahead of him, but his life was cut short. Our family and our wider community must see justice for Chris. We welcome this charging decision, which could not have come too soon. Now we await the trial of the firearms officer without delay and hope and pray that justice will be served,” family of Chris Kaba said in a statement.
“The officer and Kaba’s family were notified of the decision by the CPS this morning. The officer, who we are unable to name for legal reasons at this time, will be appearing at the Westminster Magistrates’ Court tomorrow morning. Our thoughts remain with Kaba’s family and everyone affected by this tragic incident. “It’s important now that criminal proceedings are able to run their course. We would reiterate the importance of not reporting, commenting or sharing information online which could in any way prejudice those proceedings,” IOPC director Amanda Rowe.
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