One year on from the shooting of Black Lives Matter activist Sasha Johnson, Crimestoppers – an independent crime-fighting charity – has offered a reward of £20,000 for information that may lead to an arrest.
Johnson was hit in the head by a bullet at "very close range" when four masked men stormed into a house party in Peckham, south east London, on 23 May 2021. Since then, the 29-year-old mum-of-two has been left with "catastrophic" and permanent injuries. Johnson now requires constant medical attention and struggles to say more than a few words. Police also revealed that her movement is "extremely limited" adding that she is in "terrible pain" most of the time.
After the shooting, a criminal case was brought against four men who were accused of carrying out the crime. However the case was later dropped, with no further action being taken against the accused. Now a "substantial" reward is on offer in exchange for "any information that leads to the conviction of those responsible" for the attack, a statement from Crimestoppers read.
"We believe there are people who want to do the right thing for Sasha, but going to the police is not an option," Alexa Loukas, the charity's London Regional Manager said. "Were you there on the night or have you heard anything about what happened? Coming forward is never easy, but if you contact us, you can still do the right thing whilst remaining completely anonymous.
"Before this violent attack, Sasha was a powerful voice who challenged injustice. By using your voice, you can help find justice for Sasha."
Previously, the Metropolitan Police said that detectives working on the case have been met with a "wall of silence" in their appeal for witnesses, prompting the Crimestoppers appeal. "Despite the most extensive police investigation, those who inflicted these grievous injuries remain free and unpunished and that is just not right," Detective Chief Inspector Nigel Penney said. "I am asking people to end this injustice and tell Crimestoppers what you know. The charity will keep you totally anonymous and pass on it on to us."
Penney went on: "Many people were at that party, including many friends of Sasha, but nearly everyone has been reluctant to come forward. I understand people may be scared, but people should search their conscience and do what is right for Sasha, her family and her sons."
Our thoughts are with Sasha's family during this incredibly tough time.
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