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Armed police may threaten to hand in their guns once again after a watchdog ordered the Metropolitan Police to hold a gross misconduct hearing into the officer who shot dead Jermaine Baker eight years ago.

The officer, known as W80, shot the gangster as he tried to free two prisoners from a van near a north London court. In 2017, the Crown Prosecution Service said he should not face criminal charges.

A public inquiry later ruled Baker, 28, was ‘lawfully’ killed. But the Independent Office for Police Conduct ordered a gross misconduct hearing a year later recommending the case be given to another force. Scotland Yard said it is ‘reviewing’ the order. 

The Police Federation of England and Wales said last night the IOPC decision to proceed with a hearing was ‘disgraceful’ and has sparked concerns that firearms officers may try to hand in their weapons again.

One source said officers ‘are furious’, telling the Daily Express: ‘This could escalate very quickly.’ 

It comes just a week after hundreds of Met weapons officers downed their guns to protest against the decision to charge a firearms officer with murder for shooting dead a black man in south London.

Jermaine Baker was shot eight years ago by an officer referred to as W80 as he tried to free two prisoners

Baker was ruled to have been shot ‘lawfully’ by a public enquiry, but the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) ordered a gross misconduct hearing and recommended the case be conducted by another police force

Chris Kaba, 24, died after being shot by a Metropolitan Police firearms officer in Kirkstall Gardens, Streatham Hill, south London, shortly after 10pm on September 5

Unarmed Chris Kaba, 24, died after being shot in the head through the windscreen of a car he was driving by a Met firearms officer in Streatham Hill shortly after 10pm on September 5, 2022. 

The fatal shooting, which sparked mass protests from the black community, including British rapper Stormzy, led to an IOPC murder investigation.

Last week, the Crown Prosecution Service announced it had authorised a murder charge to be issued against a police officer – who is only being identified as Officer NX121.

Following the decision, the officer’s colleagues in the force protested, leaving the capital with what was said to be a ‘skeleton’ of armed police – causing panic amongst Met bosses. 

The army had to be drafted in on standby to cover counter-terrorism duties in case of an emergency but they did not need to be deployed in the end. 

Home Secretary Suella Braverman said that firearms officers should not ‘fear ending up in the dock for carrying out their duties’.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said officers clarifying weapons needed ‘clarity’ over what they can do by law.  

Crowds demanding ‘Justice for Chris Kaba’ assembled outside of New Scotland Yard in September to protest his death

Floral tributes left outside Wood Green Crown Court in London in December 2015

Firearms officers returned to normal duties yesterday, more than a week after the initial protest saw 100 permits allowing officers to carry guns handed in, but the review of Baker’s case has raised fears of a repeat protest. 

In 2017, prosecutors initially didn’t bring criminal charges against the officer who shot Baker.

But a panel of five justices at the Supreme Court unanimously ruled the IOPC applied the correct legal test when directing the Met to bring disciplinary proceedings against the officer.

They ruled that civil rather than criminal law applied to disciplinary proceedings relating to the use of force by a police officer.

Baker was among a group of men trying to free Izzet Eren and his co-defendant as they were transported from Wormwood Scrubs to be sentenced for a firearms offence.

A number of men were jailed in 2016 for their parts in the plot.

The IOPC told MailOnline it could not comment at this time.  

Source: | This article originally belongs to Dailymail.co.uk

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