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.
The UN human rights chief on Thursday condemned the killing of 46-year-old George Floyd while in police custody in the city of Minneapolis, calling it the latest in “a long line of killings of unarmed African Americans by US police officers and members of the public”.
“I am dismayed to have to add George Floyd’s name to that of Breonna Taylor, Eric Garner, Michael Brown and many other unarmed African Americans who have died over the years at the hands of the police – as well as people such as Ahmaud Arbery and Trayvon Martin who were killed by armed members of the public”, said High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, in statement.
A former Minneapolis police officer has been arrested and charged with murder following the death of an unarmed black man in custody. Derek Chauvin, who is white, was shown in footage kneeling on 46-year-old George Floyd’s neck on Monday. He and three other officers have been sacked.
Days of looting and arson in the Minnesota city have boiled over into nationwide protests. The case has reignited US anger over police killings of black Americans.
Hennepin County Prosecutor Mike Freeman said Mr Chauvin was charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.