source: MSN News
published: 7 July 2020
The mother of a man shot dead by police has vowed to get justice for her son as the court of appeal is to hear a challenge to police use of force.
The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) is bringing the case against a Metropolitan police officer known as W80, who fired a fatal shot killing 28-year-old Jermaine Baker, from Tottenham, north London, in December 2015.
Baker was shot dead by an armed officer during a breakout attempt near Wood Green crown court. He died from a single gunshot wound. Criminal charges against W80 were dropped in 2017.
Baker’s mother, Margaret Smith, welcomed the IOPC’s decision to challenge W80 in the court of appeal. “Because of Black Lives Matter protests across the world people are looking at the issue of police use of force,” she told the Guardian.