18th December 2015

On 17 December 2015 the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) attended a community meeting in Tottenham in relation to the death of Jermaine Baker who died as the result of a single gunshot wound during a Police operation on 11 December 2015.

The IPCC announced a Firearms Officer had been arrested on the afternoon of 17 December 2015 over the fatal shooting.  The BBC reported that community spokesman Darren Henry said Jermaine “was asleep when he was shot”.  The BBC reported the IPCC as stating at the meeting that “we do not know whether Jermaine was or was not asleep.  This will clearly form part of our investigation”.

Some at the meeting raised the fact that promises had previously been made that body cameras would be worn by all Police but it had yet to happen. The IPCC stated that they support the widest possible use of body worn video by Police Officers. A CCTV trawl was undertaken by the IPCC following the shooting but it was revealed at the meeting that no relevant CCTV had been identified.

The IPCC investigations continue.  On conclusion of the investigations a decision will be made by the IPCC as to whether to refer the case to the Crown Prosecution Service for a decision on what if any criminal charges are brought.

We have previously blogged on this topic when the investigation started and when the police officer in question was suspended.