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Chris Kaba, rapper of London drill group 67, shot dead by police aged 24

The IOPC say that no "non-police issue firearm" has been found at the scene

  • Becky Buckle
  • 8 September 2022
Chris Kaba, rapper of London drill group 67, shot dead by police aged 24

24-year-old Chris Kaba, also known as Mad Itch from London drill group 67, has been shot dead by police.

The shooting happened at around 10:PM on Septmeber 5 in South London's Streatham Hill. Kaba was pronounced dead in the early hours of the next day.

Two police cars followed Kaba down the residential street Kirkstall Gardens before one round was fired from a police weapon.

CPR was administered by police officers at the scene, confirms the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) who are investigating the crime.

The watchdog add that police had tried to stop him after the activation of an automatic number plate recognition camera (ANPR), believing that the car he was driving was linked to a firearms incident days before.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) who are investigating the case have said, according to the BBC, that no "non-police issue firearm" has been found at the scene of the crime after a search of the car and surrounding area.

In a tweet from London Mayor Sadiq Khan, he stated that his thoughts were with "all those affected by this awful incident".

"When anyone loses their life as a result of police force, it's important it is properly & thoroughly investigated." Adding that: "It's right the IOPC are undertaking an investigation into the shooting of Chris Kaba, who we now have confirmation was unarmed."

The Met Police have released the following statement:

The BBC also reported that Mr Kaba's family has accused the Met Police of being "totally racist".

Father Prosper Kaba said to the BBC: "For us, it is totally racist and criminal and we want all the community, especially the minority community, to see this as a racism case."

Mother Helen Nkama, told them: "My heart is broken. I am speechless."

In a statement released through the charity Inquest, the family said they wanted "a homicide investigation into the death from the outset", and that they do not want "any delay as has happened in other fatal shootings".

"We are devastated; we need answers and we need accountability. We are worried that if Chris had not been black, he would have been arrested on Monday evening and not had his life cut short," the statement added.

Kaba - who was previously nominated for a MOBO award as Mad Itch - was also due to become a father.

Becky Buckle is Mixmag's Video and Editorial Assistant, follow her on Twitter

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