The UK government’s focus on the death of Queen Elizabeth II compared to that of an unarmed British black man fatally shot by police has sparked outrage.
A Metropolitan Police officer shot dead rapper Chris Kaba, 24, with a single bullet in the Streatham Hill area of south London after police chased his car on September 5.
Kaba, who was to become a father, was driving a vehicle that was stopped after an automatic number plate recognition camera was activated, indicating the car had been linked to a firearms offense in the previous few days That Guardian.
The Independent Bureau of Police Conduct has since opened a murder investigation.
On September 8, days after Kaba’s death, the Queen died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland at the age of 96, heralding the start of several days of national mourning.
While the death of the late sovereign dominated the news cycle, protests and a public outcry have preserved the Kabas name on social media.
However, the smoldering outrage was brought back to the fore on Tuesday when Nadine Batchelor-Hunt, a political correspondent for Yahoo News UK, tweeted that the office of new British Prime Minister Liz Truss would not be looking into the death of Kaba.
“When asked if the Prime Minister had anything to say to the family of Chris Kaba (an unarmed black man who was killed by a police officer), No. 10 said he would not comment for a specific time [of] national mourning for the Queen and while the police conduct their investigation,” Batchelor-Hunt said tweeted.
NEW: When asked if the PM has anything to say to Chris Kaba’s family (an unarmed Black man killed by a police officer) No 10 said it won’t comment during a period national mourning for the Queen and while the police are investigating it
— Nadine Batchelor-Hunt (@nadinebh_) September 13, 2022
“When I saw my jaw drop,” she added in a follow-up tweet. “I really can’t imagine a spokesman for the US President saying that – moments like this show, there’s clear blue water between the way race is talked about in the UK and the way race is talked about there being talked about.”
“What a most disrespectful and cruel statement, a family has just lost their son,” concluded Batchelor-Hunt.
The report came days after a September 10 march organized by Kaba supporters in London was mislabeled by British broadcaster Sky News as a tribute walk for the Queen.
Diyora Shadijanova, climate editor for gal-dem The magazine shared footage of the protest going home that it was in no way related to the Queen’s death.
“While the helicopter filmed us from above and Sky News claimed we were ‘gathering to pay respects to the Queen,’ we chanted, ‘Say his name! Chris Kaba!’” Shadijanova labeled the clip.
After Sky News was widely criticized for the error, the outlet issued a correction, with the journalist in question also issuing a public apology.
The feminist author Claire Heuchan tweeted amid protests over Kaba’s death: “As coverage of Queen Elizabeth’s death dominates the headlines, let’s not forget Chris Kaba.
“He couldn’t live to an old age, die peacefully surrounded by his children and grandchildren. Chris Kaba was gunned down at 24. And the police must be held accountable.”
Let’s not forget about Chris Kaba as coverage of Queen Elizabeth’s passing dominates the headlines. He didn’t get to live in to old age, to die peacefully surrounded by his children and grandchildren. Chris Kaba was gunned down at 24. And the police must be held accountable. https://t.co/Njz7KRIsDr
— Sister Outrider is editing (@ClaireShrugged) September 8, 2022
Mental health charity Mind shared a short Twitter thread on Monday entitled “We need to talk about Chris Kaba.”
“The killing of an unarmed black man by a police officer is hard to take” read the message from the organization. “Especially when young black men are disproportionately dying at the hands of the police [source: Inquest]. The Queen’s death is dominating the news right now, but Chris Kaba deserves our attention.
“Racial trauma is real. And events like the death of Chris Kaba can be incredibly triggering. If you are struggling with the news, please contact us. We are here for you.”
The killing of an unarmed Black man by a police officer is hard to bear. Especially when young Black men die disproportionately at the hands of the police [source: Inquest].
The Queen’s death is dominating the news right now, but Chris Kaba deserves our attention. (2/3)
— Mind (@MindCharity) September 13, 2022
After Kaba’s death, the police officer who fired the fatal shot was suspended.
Metropolitan Police Deputy Commissioner Amanda Pearson said in a statement: “Following the death of Chris Kaba, the firearms officer involved was suspended from duty.
“This decision was made after careful consideration of a number of factors, including the significant impact on public confidence and in light of the IOPC’s announcement of a murder investigation.
“Our thoughts and sympathy remain with Mr. Kaba’s family and friends. We understand how concerned the communities are, especially black communities, and thank those who are working closely with our local officials.”
Pearson added that the decision to suspend the officer “does not determine the outcome of the IOPC investigation,” Pearson continued fire will be subjected to intense scrutiny . I know this development will have a significant impact on the officer and colleagues.”
https://www.newsweek.com/fury-queen-elizabeth-ii-death-overshadows-british-black-man-chris-kaba-police-fatally-shot-1742483 Fury as Queen’s death overshadows deadly UK Black Police shooting