Chris Kaba's family to 'take a step back' after viewing police bodycam footage of his death

Chris Kaba was shot dead by a police officer in south London on 5 September

The family of Chris Kaba, who was shot dead by an armed Metropolitan Police officer in south London, said they are "stepping back" after a meeting to view bodycam footage of his death.

Speaking on behalf of the family, Mr Kaba's cousin Jefferson Bosela said: “The family just wants justice. For now, the family are going to take a break and take a step back.”

The family has said they are now awaiting further updates from the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) investigation into the shooting.

A statement released on Thursday by the family's lawyers said: "Yesterday, Chris Kaba’s closest family were given the opportunity to view some footage of the incident in which he was fatally shot by a police officer."The facts of this case demand urgent accountability and the family therefore await regular meaningful updates on the investigation and the progress towards a charging decision."

The scene in Kirkstall Gardens after the fatal shooting Credit: PA

"The family will not make any further comment for the time being, whilst awaiting further regular updates from the IOPC to ensure that the investigation does the job that it needs to do.

"The family’s demands for the officer to be questioned under caution and for an early charging decision remain unchanged."

Mr Kaba was killed on Monday 5 September following a police pursuit of his Audi that ended with him being hemmed in by two police vehicles in Kirkstall Gardens, a narrow residential street in Streatham Hill.

The unarmed 24-year-old was then shot with one round from a police weapon.

His family had previously called on police to let them view footage from body-worn cameras and a helicopter at the scene of the incident.

Following Wednesday's meeting, Helen Nkama, Chris Kaba’s mother, told Sky News: “My heart is broken. I want justice for my son, I want the truth.”

The Metropolitan Police officer involved has been suspended by the force and the IOPC is investigating.

Its inquiry will consider whether race was a factor in the fatal shooting.

In a statement, the IOPC said it would “explore all of the circumstances” surrounding the expectant father's death, including whether “race influenced any actions taken by the police”.

An inquest into Mr Kaba’s death will be opened on 4 October.

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