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posted by Peter Lazenby in Britain

‘No realistic prospect’ of convicting Met officer for shooting

A Metropolitan Police officer will not face charges over the fatal shooting of Jermaine Baker who was killed during an attempt to free a prisoner two years ago.

Mr Baker, 28, from Tottenham in north London died in December 2015 from a single gunshot wound.

He was with two other men in a car near Wood Green Crown Court in London, who had intended to free an inmate as he was being transported from Wormwood Scrubs prison to the nearby court.

Police were deployed to foil the plan and Mr Baker was killed in the escape attempt.

The killing was referred to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) — a standard procedure in such circumstances.

The CPS said it had been investigating whether a criminal offence was committed by the officer, known as W80, who claimed to have acted in self-defence, believing that Mr Baker was himself reaching for a firearm.

A search found that Mr Baker had been unarmed although an imitation firearm was recovered from the car.

The CPS concluded that “there is not a realistic prospect of conviction” as the prosecution could not prove the officer was being untruthful about his belief that Mr Baker was armed and reaching for a weapon to fire on the officers.

Mr Baker’s family is working with Inquest, a charity which advises people bereaved by a death in custody and detention.

A spokeswoman from the charity confirmed yesterday that the family were seeking legal advice following the verdict.

Before the announcement that the officer would not be prosecuted, Mr Baker’s family said: “We have very serious concerns about the circumstances in which Jermaine was shot.

“Our priority is to find out the truth and have anyone responsible for his death held to account. We look to the CPS to ensure that justice is done.”

Last year they unsuccessfully sought a court order to stop the officer who managed the operation from resigning from the force.

The Metropolitan Police said its Directorate of Professional Standards is considering whether any misconduct proceedings should be taken against officers.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Peter Terry said: “Our thoughts continue to be with Mr Baker’s family at this difficult time. It is completely natural that they want answers as to how he lost his life.”