The Metropolitan Police has expressed its condolences to the family members of a rapper who was shot useless by armed officers, saying the power understands that “the family and community want answers”.
Chris Kaba, who was attributable to turn out to be a father inside months, died after a police chase that resulted in Streatham Hill, south London, on Monday night time.
His Audi was hemmed in by two police automobiles in slender residential road Kirkstall Gardens earlier than one spherical was fired from a police weapon.
Metropolitan Police commander Alexis Boon stated: “I would like to express my sincere condolences to the family and friends of the man who died and I recognise the devastating and lasting impact this tragic incident will have on them.”
The power acknowledged that “this incident is extremely concerning” and stated that the Met was co-operating absolutely with an investigation by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).
“I also recognise that the family and community want answers about what happened. I know the IOPC investigators are working hard to establish the facts but also need some time and space to be able to progress their inquiries,” Commander Boon added.
The capturing is being investigated by the IOPC, as is normal in deaths following police contact.
Jefferson Bosela, 27, who was Mr Kaba’s cousin, stated: “He was a good person, a good, happy guy. He didn’t deserve that. No-one deserves that.
“Nobody deserves to be shot by the police, whether they are a good person or a bad person.”
He claimed that the police had given the household “no context” as to why Mr Kaba was shot useless. “They can’t tell us why they shot him. We want to know what happened. How come an unarmed black man has been shot in London?”, he stated.
The police stated that officers had been pursuing a “suspect vehicle” that stopped after “tactical contact”.
Speaking on the scene on Tuesday, Kimberly Alleyne, 49, whose daughter Karimah Waite was engaged to Mr Kaba, stated of him: “He was so loved. He was so funny. He was super kind. Crazy. He was always happy. He’d do anything for you.
“He was a fiance, he was due to get married in five months’ time. He’s got a baby on the way that he’s never going to see.
“It’s horrible and so shocking and so sad.”
The pastor at a church which Mr Kaba attended as a toddler stated that there are discussions in the neighborhood about organising a vigil for him.
Reverend Siaa-Liane Mathurin, of New Park Road Baptist Church, stated: “Chris came to the church when he was little. He was from round here, he lived just over the road.
“The community are scared. I’ve had young people come to me asking ‘why did they shoot him?’
“There are families who didn’t send their kids to school today.
“I’m speaking to community leaders about organising a demonstration or a vigil.”
Some paying tribute on the scene stated Mr Kaba was a rapper generally known as Madix or Mad Itch 67.