Chris Kaba shooting: family call for ‘justice’ after viewing bodycam footage | UK news

The family of Chris Kaba have reiterated their call for “justice” after being shown the bodycam footage of his shooting during a meeting with the new commissioner of the Metropolitan police.

Kaba, an unarmed black man, was killed on 5 September after a police pursuit of his car which ended in Streatham Hill, south London. His Audi was hemmed in by two police vehicles in Kirkstall Gardens, a narrow residential street, and one round was fired from a police weapon.

The Met police officer involved has been suspended by the force and the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) is investigating.

On Wednesday, Kaba’s family met Met police commissioner, Sir Mark Rowley, and the IOPC director general, Michael Lockwood, where they were shown bodycam footage of the incident.

Following the meeting, Kaba’s mother, Helen Nkama, said: “It was hard … very hard.

“As I’ve said before, my heart is already broken. What I want is justice for my son and I want the truth.”

Jefferson Bosela, Kaba’s cousin who was also at the meeting, said: “It was hard, but the family just wants justice. For now, the family are going to take a break and take a step back.”

The meeting between the family and police lasted about 25 minutes, according to Sky News. A statement from the Met confirmed the meeting.

“The commissioner met the family of Chris Kaba this evening,” a spokesperson for the force said on Wednesday. “This was a private meeting.”

Investigators from the IOPC will consider whether race was a factor in the fatal shooting.

In a statement, the IOPC said it would “explore all of the circumstances” surrounding the death of the 24-year-old father-to-be, including whether “race influenced any actions taken by the police”.

An inquest into Kaba’s death will be opened on 4 October.

Deborah Coles, executive director of charity Inquest, which specialises in state-related deaths and has been working closely with the family of the rapper, told the Guardian last week that the responsiveness of the police has more to do with the speed of negative reaction than the change of commissioner.

“The family had a lawyer in the immediacy of his death and the protest was highly significant in putting this on the public and political agenda.”

Coles added: “His family just want the truth. They want to understand how and why Chris was killed. That’s their legal right.”

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