An aspiring British rapper was unarmed when he was shot dead by a police officer on Monday.
Heartbroken Chris Kaba’s family called for a formal murder investigation after a police surveillance squad discovered no weapons or firearms in the 24-year-old’s car during a police stop.
Kaba, who was known in the music world as Madix or Mad Itch 67, was to become a father within months.
“We are devastated; we need answers and we need accountability. We are concerned that if Chris had not been black, he would have been arrested Monday night and his life would not have been cut short,” his family said in a statement.
Officers tailed Kaba in Lambeth, south London, just before 10pm on Monday after an automatic number plate camera indicated the vehicle had been linked to an armed incident in recent days. The Audi vehicle that Kaba was driving was surrounded by two police cars.
Police did not provide details at the time as to what led to the shooting with officers. It is not known how many shots were fired.
This is the first deadly shooting carried out by the Metropolitan Police this year, investigation data show.
The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said no “non-police firearm” was found after an extensive search.
Kaba’s family accused police of being “totally racist” when they demanded “answers and accountability” about his death.
“Chris Kaba’s family has pursued a homicide investigation related to his death from the outset,” his family said in a statement. “We don’t want a delay like other deadly shootings – otherwise we and the public at large cannot have confidence in police being held accountable.”
The IOPC met with Kaba’s grieving relatives on Wednesday to update them on the investigation.
“We recognize that there is concern in the community following this incident, and we know questions will remain about how Kaba was tragically fatally shot after an attempted vehicle stop,” said Sal Naseem, Watchdog’s regional director, in a statement.
“We are working hard to summarize all circumstances surrounding this incident and we want to assure the community that these questions will be answered in due course. However, it will take time for our investigation to uncover all the facts.”
Kaba’s vehicle is now being used for the forensic investigation.
London’s Metropolitan Police issued a statement on Kaba’s death on Wednesday, saying they understood “the family and the community want answers”.
“I would like to offer my sincere condolences to the family and friends of the late man and recognize the devastating and lasting impact this tragic incident will have on them,” said Commander Alexis Boon.
“I want to reassure the community that the Met is fully cooperating with the independent Bureau of Police Conduct as they conduct a thorough and independent investigation.”
London Mayor Sadiq Khan took to Twitter on Wednesday and said his “thoughts go out to all who have been affected by this terrible incident”.
“When someone loses their life as a result of police violence, it is important that it is properly and thoroughly investigated,” Khan said tweeted.
“It is correct that the IOPC is conducting an investigation into the shooting of Chris Kaba, who we now have confirmation was unarmed.”
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