The family of a man shot dead by the police accused the police guard of being too slow to act.
Chris Kaba, who was unarmed, died following a car chase involving armed officers who saw the Audi he was driving in, blocked by two police cars on a narrow residential street in Streatham Hill, south of London, last Monday.
The Independent Bureau of Police Conduct (IOPC) said the 24-year-old rapper, who was within months of becoming a father, died after a metropolitan police officer from the firearms command fired a single shot while police attempted to stop him and contain the vehicle.
The watchdog initiated a murder investigation into the shooting on Friday and on Monday announced that the police officer who fired the fatal shot had been suspended a week after the incident.
Mr. Kaba’s cousin Jefferson Bosela said the family welcomed the Met’s decision to suspend the officer, but accused the IOCC of showing no urgency to act.
The 27-year-old, who serves as the family’s spokesperson, told BBC Radio 4 Today program: “Actually I think that when a criminal investigation was opened he should have been suspended from there. It seems that the IOPC is moving a little too slowly.
“In the beginning we wanted a criminal investigation to be opened and it would take three to four days. And then the suspended officer took another two days, so there seems to be no urgency in their dealings with this rather tragic affair. “
The IOCC said officers had chased Mr. Kaba after an automatic license plate recognition (ANPR) camera indicated that the vehicle he was driving was linked to a firearms accident in the previous days.
The watchdog confirmed that no gun was found in the vehicle, which was not owned by Mr. Kaba.
Mr. Kaba’s family has now submitted a request to the IOCC to view footage of the bodycam and helicopter captured during the crash, Mr. Bosela revealed.
He said, “The question we’re asking now is: were they following the car or were they following Chris?
“What they are saying is that the car was marked by the ANPR system, but now we know that the car was not registered in Chris’s name, so that means it could have been anyone in that car.”
Mr. Kaba’s mother, Helen, is said to be “inconsolable” over his death, while his father collapsed when he visited the shooting scene last week.
Mr. Bosela, who said the family was not informed of Mr. Kaba’s death for 11 hours, said Today: “Her mother would wake up and go to work not knowing that her son was no longer alive.
“It’s just completely gutted, it’s just devastated. She doesn’t know why it happened.
“He’s asking God, he’s asking God ‘What did I do so wrong to make this happen to me.’ He is just suffering, he is inconsolable “.
A spokesperson for the IOCC confirmed that the watchdog spoke with legal representatives of Mr. Kaba’s family on Tuesday.
They said, “Today we spoke with the legal representatives of Chris Kaba’s family and provided them with answers to a number of questions, including how we can make it easier for them to view video footage.
“We are in regular contact with his family and will update them as our investigation progresses.”