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Chris Kaba: Family of man killed by police criticize ‘unacceptable’ delay in bringing charges

The family of a man killed by police last year say it is agonizing waiting to see if charges will be brought against the officer involved.

The one-year anniversary is on Tuesday Chris Kabadied in Streatham Hill, south-east London.

He was shot after the car he was driving was chased by an unidentified man Police Car without lights or sirens.

He turned into Kirkstall Gardens, a narrow residential street, where he was blocked by a marked police car. The two vehicles collided and a gunman fired a shot through the windshield, hitting Mr. Kaba in the head.

It later emerged that the Audi the 24-year-old was driving, which did not belong to him, had been linked to a gun incident by police the previous day.

Mr. Kaba, a construction worker, was only a few months away from becoming a father when he died.

Be Family has accused the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) of a lack of urgency in deciding who to charge in this case.

Prosecutors have compiled the guard dog’s evidence file Independent Office of Police Conduct (IOPC), since March.

In a statement, Mr Kabas’ family said: “We demand an immediate decision on the charging of fees. There has been a lack of urgency over the last year.”

“Our family and the community that has supported us over the past year have consistently championed our call for responsibility.

“We believe that within six months of the assassination of Chris, the IOPC was able to complete a well-resourced and effective criminal investigation and provide the CPS with an indictment ruling.”

His family are holding a protest rally outside New Scotland Yard on Saturday to demand answers.

Six months after Chris Kaba's death, his parents Prosper and Helen are still unable to mourn their loss.

Deborah Coles, director of bereaved charity Inquest, said: “It is simply unacceptable that we do not yet have a decision on the charges.”

“This exacerbates the family’s trauma and grieving process.”

Meanwhile, Hickman and Rose attorney Daniel Machover – who is representing the family – said he was “appalled” by the CPS’s delay in deciding the charges.

“In what other comparable alleged homicide involving firearms fired by a civilian does the CPS find it appropriate to wait until a charge decision is reached?”

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The CPS said there are no timelines for fee decisions.

A spokeswoman said: “We are carefully reviewing the evidence file to determine whether criminal charges should be filed in connection with the fatal shooting of Chris Kaba.”

“As always, we will make this decision independently, based on the evidence and consistent with our legal review.”

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The assassination of Chris Kaba

According to Inquest, there have been 1,869 deaths in or after police custody in England and Wales since 1990.

So far, there has only been one conviction of one police officer: West Mercia Police Officer Benjamin Monk, who was jailed in 2021 for the involuntary manslaughter of former soccer player Dalian Atkinson.

Mr Atkinson was thrown to the ground with a taser and kicked in the head in 2016.

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