Met the commissioner to meet with armed officers for suspension of colleague

Met the commissioner to meet with armed officers for suspension of colleague

Rapper Stormzy during a protest demanding justice for Chris Kaba who was shot on September 10 in South London - MAJA SMIEJKOWSKA / REUTERS

Rapper Stormzy during a protest demanding justice for Chris Kaba who was shot on September 10 in South London – MAJA SMIEJKOWSKA / REUTERS

Sir Mark Rowley agreed to meet with armed officers after they threatened to turn over their guns in line for the killing of an unarmed black man in South London, according to the Telegraph.

The new commissioner of the Metropolitan Police will speak with representatives of the firearms command to hear their concerns about the fallout from the deadly shooting of Chris Kaba in Streatham Hill.

However, any planned discussions won’t take place until the queen’s funeral is out of the way next week, according to a well-placed Met source.

Armed officers reacted with fury on Monday when, hours after Sir Mark assumed office vowing to restore the public’s trust in the Met, the one who fired the killing shot was suspended from service.

Scotland Yard said the decision was made in part to address the “significant impact on public trust” that the incident caused.

Investigators from the Independent Police Conduct Bureau initiated a murder investigation - UkNewsinPictures

Investigators from the Independent Police Conduct Bureau initiated a murder investigation – UkNewsinPictures

But firearms officers said the move left them feeling they no longer had the full support of their bosses.

The Telegraph revealed that dozens of highly trained armed officers were threatening to surrender their weapons once their duties related to the queen’s funeral were completed.

One armed officer said: “There is real anger in the ranks for this … This is a decision that was made to appease public anger pure and simple.

“But what message does this send to the agents who go out every day and risk their lives?”

Mr. Kaba, 24, died when an officer opened fire following a car chase after his vehicle activated an Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) camera suggesting he had been involved in a previous armed accident.

Chris Kaba, unarmed when shot by police in Streatham Hill, South London - Universal News And Sport Europe

Chris Kaba, unarmed when shot by police in Streatham Hill, South London – Universal News And Sport Europe

Investigators from the Independent Police Conduct Office (IOPC) later confirmed that Mr. Kaba was not armed and launched a murder investigation.

The officer who fired the killing shot was initially assigned limited duties but was allowed to continue serving, causing anger among Mr. Kaba’s family and friends.

But after Sir Mark was sworn in as the new Commissioner, it was announced that the officer had been suspended.

Mr. Kaba’s family members said the decision to suspend the officer should have been made sooner and revealed plans to hold a demonstration on the murder this weekend.

In addition to having to manage security operations around the queen’s funeral and mourning period, Sir Mark will also have to balance community concerns around the shooting and anger among officers over the military’s handling of the case.

A Met source said: “The new commissioner should not underestimate the strength of sentiment among armed officers on this issue. They are really bruised. “

The new Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, Sir Mark Rowley - Kirsty O'Connor / PA

The new Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, Sir Mark Rowley – Kirsty O’Connor / PA

The Telegraph understands that Sir Mark has indicated that he will be willing to meet with members of the armed command next week to hear their concerns about their colleague’s suspension.

The new commissioner also proposed that each officer once again swear allegiance to the Crown, but this time to the king.

Sir Mark Rowley was sworn in at the Met on Monday after previously retiring as a police officer and said he found him “very powerful.”

It is conducting an internal investigation to determine if there is support for its 30,000 officers swearing in after the queen’s death.

A source said: “It’s a good idea to remember your obligations. The oath is everything, if you stick to the oath you’ll be fine as a cop. It is really important ”.

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