At least 50 people brought buses and cars to a standstill during rush hour in Huddersfield, West Yorks. as they marched in protest over the police shooting of dad-of-two Mohammed Yassar Yaqub.
Footage from the scene showed protesters wandering among stopped traffic as drivers beeped their horns to chants of “justice for Yassar”.
The 28-year-old, reportedly nicknamed Stud Badboy, was fatally shot by officers during a “pre-planned police operation” on January 2.
“You lot murdered my brother”
A similar protest last week reportedly turned violent as unrest continues in the town over the shooting which is now being under investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
Around 20 cops responded to the latest protest, as one woman shouted: “You lot murdered my brother.
“We are here to find out why you did that.”
Mr Yakub’s brother-in-law, Isaa Akbar, said the turnout for the protest showed the amount of “love and respect” for Yassar.
An Independent Police Complaints Commission has been launched following the incident.
IPCC Commissioner Derrick Campbell said: “I would like to reassure the local and wider community that this will be a thorough and detailed independent investigation.
“We will be carefully examining all the circumstances leading up to Mr Yaqub’s death, including the planning of the police operation, and the actions of the officers involved that evening.
“I am, of course, aware there are many unanswered questions but I would urge patience at this time and that people allow our investigation to run its course.
“If anyone witnessed events who has not yet come forward we would be grateful to hear from them.
“We are making steady, positive progress, and are continuing to build a picture of what exactly happened.
“We are in contact with Mr Yaqub’s family and will be keeping them updated.”
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