Britain’s police force asked prosecutors on Thursday to decide whether to charge a police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man in London last year.
Chris Kaba died after an officer fired a single shot through the windscreen of the car the 24-year-old was driving in a south London residential area on September 5.
Officials during an investigation last year said the Audi was believed to be linked to a gun incident that took place the previous day. The vehicle’s license plate number had been entered into an automatic camera recognition database, although Kaba’s name was not included in an official briefing.
Kaba’s family has accused London’s Metropolitan Police of racism and has called for charges to be brought against the officer.
The independent Bureau of Police Conduct said Thursday it had completed a homicide investigation into Kaba’s death and forwarded a file of evidence to the Crown Attorney’s Office.
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Watchdog director Amanda Rowe said it was up to prosecutors to decide whether or not to charge the officer, who was suspended from duty during the investigation.
Kaba’s family welcomed the move and said they hoped “the truth will come out promptly through criminal proceedings”.
“Our family and community cannot continue to wait for answers,” the family said in a statement.
According to investigative information, Kaba was expecting a child when the police pursued and blocked the Audi. An officer who got out stood in front of Kaba’s car and fired through the windshield, hitting him in the head. He died in hospital soon after.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan said Kaba’s death had sparked “anger, pain and fear” and a desire for change and justice across the capital, particularly among black Londoners.
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The shooting came amid an intense investigation by the Metropolitan Police.
In 2021, an officer with Britain’s largest police force pleaded guilty to raping, kidnapping and taking responsibility for the death of a 33-year-old woman who disappeared while walking home from visiting a friend.
Another Met official who worked in the same parliamentary and diplomatic protection unit pleaded guilty in January to dozens of counts of rapes between 2003 and 2020. The Police Department was involved in other matters affecting their dealings with women and minorities.
Earlier this month, an independent review found that the London troupe had lost public trust due to deep-seated racism, misogyny and homophobia.
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