British police watchdog says 24-year-old rapper shot by police in London was unarmed


In a statement on 7 September, the Independent Police Action Service (IOPC) said it had completed a detailed search of the scene where a 24-year-old man was killed by police in south London on 5 September. – A police-issued firearm was recovered from the vehicle or scene. “

Drill Group 67 rapper Chris Kaba was driving his Audi in Streatham, south London, when he was chased by an armed response vehicle.

Witnesses said the car was blocked by police vehicles at Kirkstall Gardens before Hippo was shot by police shooters.

The IOPC issued a statement stating: firearm incident the day before. “

In a Twitter post, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: “It is correct that the IOPC is investigating the shooting of Chris Kaba.”

Hailing from Wembley in northwest London, Hippo was a member of Streatham-based rap group 67, who had been nominated for the MOBO Music Awards.

In 2019, two other members of 67, Cassiel Uta Ofei, 27, and Malki Martin, 24, were jailed for nine years for dealing heroin and crack cocaine. hampshire.

Hippo’s family has demanded an investigation into the murders be opened, said Hippo’s mother, Helen Nkama. BBC: “My heart is broken. I’m at a loss for words.”

Hippo family questions if race was a factor

The family issued a statement through the charity hearingin which they said: “We are devastated. We need answers, we need accountability. I’m afraid I didn’t.”

Leicester East MP Claudia Webb wrote on Twitter: Police seem to have learned nothing from the shooting of Mark Duggan. RIP Chris Hippo.

Webbe, 57, will be expelled from the Labor Party on 3 November 2021 after being found guilty of harassing a lover in October 2021.

In 2011, Tottenham Man Dem gang member Mark Duggan was shot dead by police in north London, sparking a wave of riots across the capital.

In that case, a gun was found in the bushes near the shooting site, and the IOPC’s predecessor, the Independent Police Complaints Commission, cleaned up police misconduct, saying: Duggan He was probably throwing his gun away when he was shot by a cop.

An inquest jury found that Duggan was lawfully murdered.

A September 7 IOPC statement said a detailed forensic examination would be conducted on Hippo’s vehicle and some of the police vehicles involved in the incident.

IOPC regional director Sal Naseem said a full investigation was underway to establish all the facts, according to a statement. After attempting to stop the vehicle, he was fatally shot. “

“Those details are still being confirmed, but out of respect for Mr. Kaba’s family and others affected, please refrain from speculating about this incident,” he added.

PA Media contributed to this report.

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Chris Summers is a UK-based journalist with a wide range of national coverage, with a particular interest in crime, police and law.