“One week ago today, 28 year old Jermaine Baker from Tottenham was shot dead by armed police in my constituency of Wood Green.

These kinds of events are thankfully rare on the streets of London, but for the victim’s family and friends they are devastating. The priority must be to determine how and why it happened. I have been in close contact with the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) since the day of the shooting and have offered my full support as they carry out their investigation.

Our local community has understandably been left shocked by this terrible event on their doorstep and last night I held a special drop-in advice surgery at Winkfield Resource Centre for residents who wanted to talk to me about crime and safety concerns. I also attended a packed public meeting at Tottenham Town Hall to hear the IPCC Commissioner Cindy Butts provide an update on their ongoing criminal investigation. You can read the IPCC’s full statement here.

I’ve spoken on BBC Radio London news since the shooting occurred but have limited my public statements as over the coming days and weeks it is absolutely essential the investigation isn’t prejudiced by media reports in newspapers or on social media. The kinds of rumours and speculation we’ve seen in some newspapers are of no help to the family, the local community or the investigation.

I will continue to work closely with David Lammy as the Member of Parliament for Tottenham, where Jermaine Baker lived, and I fully support his call for a debate in Parliament on the use of body cameras for all firearms officers. The IPCC said at last night’s meeting that they are aware of the concerns and frustrations the community have on this issue and support the widest possible use of body worn video.

If any Hornsey & Wood Green residents would like to contact me about this or any other issue, please do not hesitate to get in touch.”

Catherine West
Member of Parliament for Hornsey & Wood Green

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