Churches Issue Statement Following Police Shooting Of Chris Kaba

The Racial Justice Advocacy Forum — which draws its membership from Churches Together in Britain and Ireland, Baptists Together, Methodist Church, United Reformed Church, Quakers, Sam Sharpe Project, Churches Together in England, Ascension Trust, Evangelical Alliance, National Church Leaders Forum, Movement for Justice and Reconciliation, Christian Aid, and the Salvation Army — issued a statement following the shooting of Chris Kaba in south London on 5 September 2022:

“Churches and faith-based organisations have appealed for compassion and justice for a wounded community in the wake of the Metropolitan Police-related shooting of Chris Kaba in Kirkstall Gardens, Streatham Hill, south London on 5 September 2022.

Since that date, members of the Racial Justice Advocacy Forum (RJAF), National Church Leaders Forum, Evangelical Alliance, Ascension Trust and London Baptist Association have been meeting to hear the concerns of the bereaved family and the wider community, offering pastoral support in their grief, and solidarity in their search for answers. Chris, who was a well-known musician, was soon to become a first-time father, which only adds to the tragedy.

The RJAF is calling for prayers for the Kaba family, for Chris’ friends, and the wider community. They are remembering in particular the many young people who are hurting and fearful, and the parents who are concerned for their welfare at this time.

They are also appealing to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) for a timely investigation to help restore confidence and reduce the rising tensions in the area. 

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