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Queen's Death Overshadows British Black Man Police Fatally Shot

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Protesters march through Whitehall towards Scotland Yard in London on 10 September to protest the murder of Chris Kaba. Kaba was shot dead by a metropolitan police officer after a chase. Guy Smallman / Getty Images

Protesters march through Whitehall towards Scotland Yard in London on 10 September to protest the murder of Chris Kaba. Kaba was shot dead by a metropolitan police officer after a chase. Guy Smallman / Getty Images

A metropolitan police officer killed 24-year-old rapper Chris Kaba with a single bullet in the south London borough of Streatham Hill after police chased him from his car on 5 September.

Kaba, who would become a father, was driving a vehicle that was stopped after a camera was activated for automatic license plate recognition, indicating that the car had been linked to a firearm crime within days, according to The Guardian.

Since then, the Independent Police Conduct Office has opened a murder investigation.


Queen Elizabeth II in Sandringham, eastern England on 25 December 2017. The image below shows protesters marching along Whitehall to Scotland Yard in London on 10 September 2022 to protest the murder of the unarmed British black man Chris Kabah. The UK government's emphasis on Queen Elizabeth II's death from the death of Kaba, who was shot and killed by the police, sparked outrage.


On 8 September, a few days after Kaba's death, the queen died at the age of 96 at Balmoral Castle in Scotland, marking the beginning of several days of national mourning.

As the late ruler's death dominated the news, protests and public outrage kept Kabas's name on social media.

However, the seething indignation was cleared up on Tuesday when Yahoo News UK policy correspondent Nadine Batchelor-Hunt tweeted that the office of new British Prime Minister Liz Truss would not talk about Kaba's death.

"When asked if the prime minister had anything to say to the family of Chris Kaba (an unarmed black man who was killed by a police officer), number 10 replied that he was crying the queen and as long as he didn't. expressed the police would investigate this, "tweeted Batchelor-Hunt.

"When I saw myself with my mouth open," she added in a follow-up tweet. "I really can't imagine a spokesperson for the president of the United States saying that: at times like this show, there's a clear water between the way we talk about race in the UK and the way we talk there. . ".

"What beyond disrespect and cruelty, a family has just lost their child," concluded Batchelor-Hunt.

The report came just days after a September 10 march in London organized by Kaba supporters was mislabeled by UK broadcaster Sky News as a march in honor of the queen.

Diyora Shadijanova, chief editor of the gal-dem climate magazine, shared footage of the protest to clarify that it was in no way related to the queen's death.

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"When the helicopter filmed us from above and Sky News said we were 'gathered to pay our respects to the queen', we shouted: 'Say her name! Cris Kaba!'", Shadijanova captioned the clip.

After News Outlets were widely criticized for the mistake, some news outlets issued a correction and the reporter in question also publicly apologized.

Amid protests over Kaba's death, feminist author Claire Heuchan tweeted: "When news of Queen Elizabeth's death hits the news, let's not forget Chris Kaba.

“He couldn't live to old age, die peacefully surrounded by his children and grandchildren. Chris Kaba was shot dead at the age of 24. And the police must be held accountable. "

Mental health charity Mind shared a short Twitter thread on Monday titled "We need to talk about Chris Kaba."

"The killing of an unarmed black man by a police officer is hard to bear," the organization said in a statement. “Especially when young blacks die disproportionately at the hands of the police [source: investigation]. The queen's death is dominating the news right now, but Chris Kaba deserves our attention.

“The racial trauma is real. And events like Chris Kaba's death can be incredibly inspiring. If you have problems with the news, please contact us. We are here for you. "

After Kaba's death, the police officer who fired the fatal shot was suspended.

Metropolitan Police Deputy Commissioner Amanda Pearson said in a statement: "After Chris Kaba's death, the firearms officer involved was suspended from duty.

"This decision was made after careful consideration of a number of factors, including the significant impact on public confidence and in light of the IOPC Fund's announcement that it would conduct a murder investigation.

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“My thoughts and condolences go out to Mr. Kaba's family and friends. I understand how concerned communities are, especially black communities, and I appreciate those who work closely with our local officials. "

Pearson added that the decision to suspend the officer "does not determine the outcome of the IOPC Fund investigation," continued Pearson: "Firearms officers serve to protect the public and know that on rare occasions they shoot weapons. , are being scrutinized ... I know this development will have a significant impact on the officer and his colleagues.


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