‘Unarmed’ black man shot dead by UK cops drove car into officers: claim


A drill rapper whose fatal police shooting sparked Black Lives Matter protests drove his car into officers before being shot, according to reports.

Chris Kaba, 23, previously jailed for firearms offenses but not carrying a weapon at the time of his death, was shot dead by law enforcement after being pinned down by police following a a dangerous car chase.

The shooting, described as ‘very racist’ by his parents, sparked Black Lives Matter protests and a public pressure campaign for the officer to be involved – already in restricted duties as an investigation by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) was organized, in accordance with common practice after incidents involving police firearms – suspended.

That campaign, backed by London Mayor Sadiq Khan, succeeded earlier in the week, angering the officer’s armed response colleagues. They threatened to surrender their weapons once the Queen’s funeral was over, and an account of what happened when Kaba was killed, at least from one perspective, was leaked to the press.

“The officer said he was confronted with a deadly weapon as the car was driven towards him at high speed,” said an officer who allegedly gave evidence to the IOPC Fund about the incident, in comments quoted by The sun.

“He followed the correct training procedures,” the source added. “He could have been killed if he hadn’t fired.”

This account is consistent with eyewitness accounts previously reported by The telegraph that Kaba had tried to force his way through the police blocking him – although body camera footage of the incident which may or may not confirm this is not yet in the public domain and the IOPC Fund’s investigation either in progress.

“There is real anger in the ranks about this. Firearms officers do not receive additional money to fulfill their role. They are all volunteers and they increasingly feel ‘what’s the point of doing this if our bosses don’t support us’,” a source in the Metropolitan Police’s armed command told the newspaper after their colleague was suspended. .

“There is real anger in the ranks about this… This is a decision that was made purely and simply to appease public anger,” complained another officer.

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