Police and CPS Accused of Institutionalised Racism

by The family of Christopher Kapessa

Police and CPS Accused of Institutionalised Racism

by The family of Christopher Kapessa
The family of Christopher Kapessa
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The family of 13-year Christopher Kapessa accuses the Crown Prosecution Service and South Wales Police of institutional racism over their failure to investigate and prosecute over his death.
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The family of Christopher Kapessa
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The family of 13-year Christopher Kapessa accuses the Crown Prosecution Service and South Wales Police of institutional racism over their failure to investigate and prosecute over his death.

Christopher’s body was found in the River Cynon, on 1 July 2019, after he and others were out by the river. 

An initial investigation by SWP concluded that Christopher’s death was as a result of a ‘tragic accident’.  

After concerns were raised, the force’s major crime investigation team was brought in.   

On 19 February 2020, the CPS wrote to the family stating that there was sufficient evidence to support a charge of manslaughter but that a prosecution was not in the public interest.

The Kapessa family feel that they have been denied Justice as those initially interviewed stated that Christopher had slipped into the river when in fact he was pushed.  That deception gravely extended and deepened the family’s grief and stress. They have waited eight months for the truth.

The family believes that if a white boy had lost his life in a similar incident involving a group of black boys and girls, the initial police investigation and the public interest test by the CPS would have reached different conclusions. This case has echoes of the culture of institutional racism uncovered in the Stephen Lawrence case.

The family wants the CPS decision reviewed. Evidence is being gathered to support this and a possible Judicial Review. 

The leading human right barrister Michael Mansfield QC is assisting. 

Christopher Kapessa’s family needs £10,000 for legal fees to get started, and more later to proceed.

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