BLM protests Queen’s Memorial police shooting yards

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Black Lives Matter activists gathered outside Scotland Yard on Saturday, yards from where Queen Elizabeth II is buried in the state, to protest the police shooting of a drill rapper who allegedly drove a car on officers.

Activist groups, such as Stand up to Racism, Black Lives Matter UK and 4 Front have joined politicians such as former far-left Labor Party leader Jeremy Corbyn in protesting against the police alongside members from the family of Chris Kaba, a 23-year-old drill. rapper who was shot following a car chase in which he allegedly drove his car into law enforcement officers.

Marcia Rigg, the sister of Sean Rigg, who died in Brixton police custody in 2008 of cardiac arrest during a schizophrenic episode, led the crowd in a chant of “No justice, no peace!”

“Another, another black man shot needlessly by the Metropolitan Police and what a week for that to happen, this week the whole country is in mourning. We mourn our loved ones, our kings, our queens, let’s not forget that,” she said.

Another BLM activist noted, “Have you noticed that most of this fight is being fought by strong black queens, right?”

Former Labor Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said ‘Today’s protest, despite everything that’s going on and the national mourning that’s going on, the fact that we’re here is very important, it’s testify with the family of their tragedy”.

“We cannot have a situation where someone is shot through a car windscreen and the officer involved has not been immediately suspended from the police force. In any other job, professional environment, if someone else dies as a result, possibly of your actions, you are suspended, ”said the septuagenarian socialist.

Jefferson Bosela, 27, the cousin of Chris Kaba, recounted with emotion his account of seeing the body of a slain family member.

“All the time I was thinking about Chris, please get up,” Bosela said.

“I’m a big believer in God, and Thomas Jefferson once said ‘God’s justice never sleeps,’ so he’s not here, and he doesn’t have a voice, but we have a voice and I I’m going to fight for him until the end because it’s not normal, we can’t let them get away with this.

“He was a human being, he had fears, he was once a kid, he was in school, he was looking forward to seeing things, he was a future father and he won’t have that anymore, for what reason , Why?” he concluded.

Others at the protest complained that the media was trying to “defame the character of Chris”. It was noted in the press that while he was “unarmed” at the time of his death – save for the potential control of a car – Kaba had already served time in prison for firearms offences. fire.

Nonetheless, Kaba’s parents claimed the shooting was “very racist”.

An unnamed officer, who allegedly testified to the Independent Office for Police Ethics (IOPC) about the killing, was quoted by The sun saying, “The officer [who shot Kaba] said he was confronted by a deadly weapon as the car was driven towards him at high speed.

“He went through correct training procedures,” the law enforcement source added. “He could have been killed if he hadn’t fired.”

The police shooting has already been called racist regardless of any ongoing investigation, although body camera footage will remain withheld from the public while the investigation continues. The IOPC Fund said that as part of its investigation into the shooting, it will consider whether race played a role in Kaba’s murder.

Although there was no such determination this time around, that did not stop the leftist Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, from supporting the suspension of the officer, which led to his armed colleagues to threaten to surrender their weapons after the Queen’s funeral in protest.

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