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Sasha Johnson: Five arrested for attempted murder of activist in South London | UK News

Two men and three teenagers were arrested on suspicion of the attempted murder of activist Sasha Johnson, police said.

Ms Johnson, a black equal rights activist, was shot in the head at a party in south London in the early hours of Sunday, Metropolitan Police said.

Police detained three teenagers and two older men on suspicion of other offenses, before all of them were arrested for attempted murder.

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Ms Johnson graduated from Oxford and has two children

The first suspect, a 17-year-old boy, was detained Tuesday afternoon on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon and drug trafficking.

Police then searched an address in Peckham where they arrested three men – ages 18, 19 and 28 – on suspicion of fighting and possession with intent to supply Class B drugs.

A fifth man, 25, was arrested later in the evening following a car chase through the town on suspicion of a fight and not stopping for the police.

Ms Johnson was one of the organizers of the very first Million People’s Walk last August to protest systemic racism in the UK.

During the protest, hundreds of people took to the streets of West London.

She is also one of the leaders of the Take the Initiative Party (TTIP), a political party that was registered with the Election Commission almost four years ago and which fielded its first candidates in local elections in May.

Chief Detective Inspector Richard Leonard said the investigation into Sunday’s incident was in its “early stages” but progress was being made.

Sasha Johnson (center) pictured at a protest in Hyde Park in London in June 2020. Pic: AP
Police called on anyone with information about the shooting to contact them. Pic: AP

He added, “I continue to appeal to those who may have information about the events that led to Sasha receiving her horrific injuries, or who is responsible to do the right thing and speak to the police.”

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This notice was published: 2021-05-26 12:47:00