Suella Braverman has spoken up in support of a police marksman who has been charged with murder after an unarmed man was shot and died in London last year.
Strangely, the Met police firearms officer who appeared in the dock on Thursday, charged with killing Chris Kaba, 24, in south London last year, has not been named. Why should this person have his identity protected?
According to the BBC, Braverman said
people “depend on our brave firearms officers to protect us”.
“In the interest of public safety they have to make split-second decisions under extraordinary pressures.”
She said that officers have her “full backing”.
“I will do everything in my power to support them,” she added.
Now, it has been said that the circumstances of the Kaba shooting are important…
Why don't the authors check facts: Kaba…"who was shot dead driving through south London last November." No he wasn't. He, was shot after ramming a police car, so was then stationary, and having refused 12 orders to get out of his car. Facts matter.
— Bob Sharpe 🇬🇧 God Save The King!🇬🇧 (@Bob261048) September 24, 2023
… although you are advised to check this ‘X’ user’s identification information and make your own decision about his reliability.
But this really is what the following user describes:
Is this the Home Secretary publicly commenting about an ongoing murder case?
If only she was a barrister and former Attorney General or something, so knew the law.
— Shoaib M Khan (@ShoaibMKhan) September 24, 2023
The Kaba case is sub judice. Braverman should not be saying anything that might prejudice its outcome. In doing so – if she were not a member of a Tory government – she might face contempt of court charges
But then, look at the controversy around Russell Brand at the moment – in the opposite sense.
Brand has been accused of very different crimes and, unlike the unnamed police officer in this case, has been much-discussed by the mass media, who have almost unanimously condemned him.
Again, it is inappropriate to discuss innocence or guilt until after a trial has taken place.
By all means, lay out the evidence – but the law is clear that everybody in the UK is innocent of any crime, according to the law, until they have been proven guilty. When a trial is ongoing, nobody should be making assumptions about its outcome – least of all a senior Cabinet member.
So Braverman should be facing a contempt charge – but I don’t think she will, simply because she is a Cabinet member.
Do you really think that’s fair on anyone?
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