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(Photo of the protest march on 10 September in London after the death of Chris Kaba, shot dead by a police officer)
UNITED KINGDOM – Hundreds of people protested outside Scotland Yard in London on Saturday 10 September, after the death of Chris Caba, a young black man, shot dead by police, his family demanded the dismissal of the police officer responsible. But as tributes to the late Queen Elizabeth II multiply, a Sky News reporter mistook the protest for a rally in honor of the monarch.
The channel was in fact the subject of criticism on Saturday after airing footage taken from a helicopter showing the protest march in central London, with placards “Justice for Chris Kaba” And “Black Lives Matter”.
Sky news WRONG reports Chris Kaba’s walk in homage to the queen Watch the video of Bawa.pinu 🇵🇰! #TikTok https://t.co/X0SizLLxRn
– giulianneguiles (@giulianne_guile)
” Sky News incorrectly reports that Chris Kaba’s march is a tribute to the Queen “
The presenter, in front of these images, then commented: ” Trafalgar Square, look at that, see the crowd of people coming down … they’re going up to the mall, and what a stroll there. There are thousands of people along this road, it is truly an amazing sight […] along the way, they will talk about their journey here, their memories of the Queen, their wishes for the new King. “
I am speechless. Sky News reports Justice for Chris Kaba march as a tribute to the Queen’s death …. https://t.co/NkYsEbuYPO
—Franklin Saint (@ loyih92)
” I’m at a loss for words. Sky News reports that the Justice for Chris Kaba march is a march in homage to the queen’s death. Ashamed “.
@SkyNews reported this as a “walk for the queen” this was A PROTEST @metpoliceuk to the killing of an unarmed blah … https://t.co/Ltu18tw7Qo
– Vegan Lu (@SawyerLuLu)
” Sky News presented it as a “march for the queen” was a protest against the murder of an unarmed black man “.
If you think #SkyNews is reporting that the crowd that attended the march for #ChrisKaba has something to do with … https://t.co/25TocxnCNK
—Niquelle LaTouche (@Niquelle_L)
” If you think that the fact that SkyNews presented the crowd of participants in Chris Kaba’s march as something to do with Queen Elizabeth or King Charles III was coincidental, then you don’t really understand the propaganda machine that is the media. mainstream “.
Faced with the outcry, the channel apologized in a statement: ” We apologize for a mistake made earlier today that accidentally misidentified aerial photos of a protest march for Chris Kaba as a large gathering that pays tribute to Queen Elizabeth II. We also released an on-air fix to clarify previously broadcast footage. “
An investigation into the murder of Chris Kaba
Chris Kaba, 24, was killed by police Monday night in South West London as he was being chased by a patrol driving his car. One shot was fired and Chris Kaba, who was unarmed, was injured, according to the British Police Department (IOPC). He died overnight in the hospital. His family has called for a murder investigation, asking in a statement if Chris Kaba is dead “if it wasn’t black”.
According to the survey for “murderer” opened on Friday by the IOCC, its license plate was detected by a camera, which reported that the vehicle was linked to a firearms incident in the previous days.
“The family welcomes the IOCC’s decision, albeit belated, to open a murder investigation and disciplinary investigation against this police officer on Friday.”Chris Kaba’s relatives’ attorney said in a statement Saturday, specifying that she asks him to be “immediately suspended, pending the outcome of the investigation”.
Two years ago, the arrest of black athlete Ricardo Dos Santos, his partner and their child, in the midst of the Black Lives Matter movement in the United States, caused a scandal. It had led to the opening of a large investigation into racial discrimination within the police, which resulted in disciplinary proceedings for five officers.
Since then, former Scotland Yard boss Cressida Dick resigned in February in the wake of a damning report from the IOCC that pointed to racist, misogynistic and discriminatory behavior within her teams.
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