ANTI-RACISM group Just Yorkshire has called for a thorough investigation into the killing of an Asian man by armed police in a “pre-planned” operation in Huddersfield on Monday evening.
Father-of-two Mohammed Yassar Yaqub, 28, was killed when three bullets pierced the windscreen of his car on an M62 slip road. Spontaneous protests broke out in nearby Bradford on Tuesday evening.
West Yorkshire Police reported that officers had been deployed “to facilitate a peaceful protest and to provide public reassurance.”
Campaigners carrying banners reading: “Police don’t murder” stopped traffic in the city centre.
Just Yorkshire said an investigation into the incident is “crucial” given that ethnic minority people were subjected to disproportionate stop-and-search operations, as evidenced in a report by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).
Chairman Nadeem Murtuja said: “There is a great deal of disquiet in the community about the death of Mr Yaqub and it is crucial that both his family and the Huddersfield community are kept informed about the conduct of the investigation and the events that led to the fatal shooting.”
He added that the West Yorkshire force should be probed over “its use of proportionate force and its control procedures.”
The shooting took place when officers stopped Mr Yaqub’s car on a slip road of the trans-Pennine motorway.
Police arrested three men at the scene and another two in Bradford on suspicion of possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear. Two of them remain in custody while two are on bail.
The IPCC said it was “working hard” to establish the circumstances of the death. A “non-police issue” gun was recovered by investigators from the car Mr Yaqub was travelling in.
Police said that the operation “related to information received about criminal possession of a firearm.”
Mr Yaqub lived in Huddersfield, where his father is a well-known businessman. In a statement, his family said they were “in shock” and “distraught” over his death.
Following the protests, Bradford West Labour MP Naz Shah appealed for calm. She said: “I recognise that tensions are running high within communities.
“The local police also understand the heightened tension that the events have caused within our communities and the need to provide reassurance.”
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