"Chris Kaba, say his name!" echoed along London’s Victoria Embankment, and the chants would have been heard in the headquarters of the Metropolitan Police.

In a rally against racism and police brutality, crowds gathered outside the headquarters of the Metropolitan Police Saturday, reported BBC. According to Independent, many people brandished placards including "Fight Police Racism" and "No justice, no peace" at the Metropolitan Police headquarters in central London. Other events were also being held in Manchester, Coventry and Southampton.

Hundreds of them shouted the name of the 24-year-old black man who was shot dead by an officer in Streatham Hill earlier this month. Kaba's cousin, Jefferson Bosela, was among those present outside New Scotland Yard, reported Sky News. He said that he doesn't want "you to think they are just coming out for Chris," and that they are coming "out against the system." According to him, this is a wider issue here that so many people and families are "grieving as a result of their children, their daughters, their sons being harmed or dying in police custody or coming into contact with police."

On Sept. 5, the car that Kaba, a drill rapper, was driving was hemmed in by two police vehicles. A single shot fired by a cop through the windscreen, and a short time later, the dad-to-be was confirmed dead. The car wasn't registered in the rapper's name and no firearm was found with him.

Bosela said that it is critical the police are held accountable for the death of the young man. He asked how would he look Kaba's daughter in the eyes when she "grows up and say that your father died as a result of a police officer shooting him and we didn't get justice." He noted it means they have to get justice because he wants to be able to look "her in the eyes and say we did everything we could."

Former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and the Member of Parliament for Streatham Bell Ribeiro-Addy also spoke at the gathering on Saturday.

At an earlier protest, Kaba's family had three demands. All of them have been met. The cop who fired the shot has been suspended. The family will get to see bodycam footage soon. They now know how long the probe is due to take. They have been told that it would take six to nine months.

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