The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has stepped forward to offer military support to the London Metropolitan Police after more than a hundred officers voluntarily relinquished their firearms permits. This extraordinary move comes in the wake of the tragic shooting incident involving an unarmed individual named Chris Kaba, aged 24, for which a Met Police officer has been charged with murder.
The decision by over a hundred police officers to surrender their permits to carry firearms was prompted by the alarming incident last year, where Chris Kaba lost his life due to a gunshot wound in South London. The charged Met Police officer appeared in court recently to face the legal consequences of his actions.
Following a request from the Home Office for Military Aid to the Civil Authorities (MACA), the MoD has committed to providing routine counterterrorism contingency support to the Metropolitan Police, should such assistance become necessary. This unprecedented move underscores the gravity of the situation at hand.
The Metropolitan Police has issued a statement acknowledging the concerns among some of its officers, particularly in the aftermath of a fellow marksman being charged with murder. This internal turmoil within the force has raised questions about the overall conduct and training of armed officers.
Home Secretary Suella Braverman has expressed her deep concerns and initiated a review of armed policing in response to this crisis. She stressed the crucial role played by the brave firearms officers in safeguarding the public, emphasizing that they often find themselves making split-second decisions under immense pressure. She assured the public that these officers have her unwavering support, pledging to do everything within her power to assist and protect them.
The tragic incident involving Chris Kaba unfolded during a police operation in Streatham Hill on September 5, 2022. He was fatally shot by a Met Police officer while driving a vehicle, succumbing to his injuries in the hospital the following day. Chris Kaba, a construction worker, was on the verge of becoming a father when this unfortunate incident took place, leading to a series of protests in its aftermath.