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Following the shooting death of 24-year-old Chris Kaba by a London police marksman, some officers have refused to carry guns while on patrol.
While England, unlike the United States, does not typically give their officers firearms, the agents that carry guns undergo specialized training to use them on patrol. As The Associated Press reported, the Metropolitan Police said that its officers are concerned that charging the officer with murder “signals a shift in the way the decisions they make in the most challenging circumstances will be judged.”
A police officer who shot dead Chris Kaba has been charged with murder. Trial by jury will follow. Met armed officers handing in their tickets are in effect saying if we cannot have impunity to shoot a man we won’t play anymore. https://t.co/4gVMr4EQE1
The @metpoliceuk commissioner says “Let the police police” after an officer is charged with murdering an unarmed Black man who posed no threat.
Our thoughts are with Chris Kaba family who are witnessing prospective jury intimidation with army threats.
😕 #BlackLivesMatter https://t.co/Ej3NaXGFvv
Rosemary Ainslie of the Crown Prosecution Service said that after thoroughly reviewing all the evidence, a murder charge was agreed to for the unidentified officer who killed Kaba.
The officer was subsequently suspended from duty and scheduled to appear before the Westminster Magistrate Court on Sept. 21. Kaba’s death sparked protests and questions about institutional racism within London’s police force. Meanwhile, his family hopes a trial will occur as quickly as possible. The Independent Office for Police Conduct also investigated the incident and found that the shooting happened after a number plate recognition camera identified the plate as one that was linked to a previous firearm incident.
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Source: Black Enterprise