£20,000 reward is offered for information on who shot BLM activist Sasha Johnson in bid to break ‘wall of silence’ over killing after case against four suspects collapsed

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  • Crimestoppers are offering £20k for information about Sasha Johnson’s attacker
  • BLM activist Ms Johnson was shot in the dead at a London house party last year
  • She survived her injuries but has been left needing round the clock care
  • Criminal case against four suspects collapsed in February this year 

Crimestoppers are offering £20,000 for information about the gunman who shot leading British Black Lives Matter activist Sasha Johnson in the head at a London house party a year ago.

Ms Johnson, the self-style ‘Black Panther of Oxford’, was attacked while at a silent disco in the garden of a house on Consort Road in Peckham at about 3am on May 23 last year.

The mother-of-two survived her ‘catastrophic’ head injuries but has been left needing round the clock care, can barely speak, with limited mobility and is often in excruciating pain.

She was a founding member of the Taking The Initiative Party and a prominent figure in the Black Lives Matter movement in the summer of 2021.

A criminal case against four men accused of Ms Johnson’s shooting collapsed in February. At the time, prosecutor Mark Heywood QC told the Old Bailey a prosecution could not go ahead for reasons that could not be set out fully in open court.

Crimestoppers, a charity independent of police, are now offering the ‘substantial’ £20,000 reward for information provided anonymously.

Undated handout photo issued by the Metropolitan Police of Sasha Johnson in hospital

Sasha Johnson taking part in the Million People march in London, August 30, 2020

Ms Johnson with anti-racist campaigners, community activists and school children at a protest against police violence as they march on Tottenham Police Station, in December 11, 2020

Sasha Johnson: The ‘Black Panther of Oxford’ who rose to prominence during BLM 2020 protests

Sasha Johnson of Black Lives Matter Oxford 

Sasha Johnson played a leading role in the summer BLM protests, including the Million People March, and rose to notoriety shortly before when videos showed her confronting a black man she was arguing with and repeatedly calling him the racial slur ‘c**n’. 

She is now an executive committee member of the new BLM-inspired Taking the Initiative Party, in charge of activism. 

She is also a UK representative of the Black Panthers Party – modelled on a far-Left sub-set of protesters who campaigned against police brutality in 1960s America.  

Ms Johnson, an Oxford Brookes graduate, has campaigned for statues to be removed and is part of the secretive group Forever Family Force. 

Footage on Instagram shows her parading with female FFF members in military-style garb during a march in Brixton earlier this year for African Emancipation Day.

Ms Johnson, a youth worker and cafe owner, has called for the establishment of a ‘black militia’ in the UK. In one video, she compared the police to the Ku Klux Klan and dismissed ethnic minority politicians David Lammy, Priti Patel and Sadiq Khan as ‘tokenistic’.

The mother of two also led chants of ‘f*** the police’ and ‘one solution, revolution’ in a fresh campaign to remove the statue of Cecil Rhodes from Oxford University.  

Alexa Loukas, London Regional Manager at the charity, said: ‘Sasha is loved by her family and friends and is an active champion for people’s human rights. What’s happened to her is absolutely horrific. Her life will never be the same again.

‘We know that many people who were there on the night are her friends and supporters. And yet, there remains a wall of silence. Crimestoppers is here to give people the courage to speak up.’

He added: ‘Crimestoppers will never ask you for your personal details, cannot trace your phone number and if you contact them online they cannot trace your IP address.

‘Since we began in the late 1980s we have never revealed the identity of someone who has contacted us. Protecting your identity is key to everything we do. We believe there are people who want to do the right thing for Sasha, but going to the police is not an option.

‘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.

‘We never ask for your personal details, or make a note of your perceived gender, age, accent or ethnicity.

‘For telephone calls, there is no caller line display, no 1471 facility and our charity has never traced a call. If you contact us online, encryption is used so there is no way of identifying computer IP addresses.

‘Before this violent attack, Sasha was a powerful voice who challenged injustice. By using your voice, you can help find justice for Sasha.’

Ms Johnson played a leading role in the summer BLM protests, including the Million People March, and rose to notoriety shortly before when videos showed her confronting a black man she was arguing with and repeatedly calling him the racial slur ‘c**n’.

She is now an executive committee member of the new BLM-inspired Taking the Initiative Party. 

She is also a UK representative of the Black Panthers Party – modelled on a far-Left sub-set of protesters who campaigned against police brutality in 1960s America.

Ms Johnson, an Oxford Brookes graduate, has campaigned for statues to be removed and is part of the secretive group Forever Family Force.

Footage on Instagram shows her parading with female FFF members in military-style garb during a march in Brixton for African Emancipation Day.

Ms Johnson, a youth worker and cafe owner, has called for the establishment of a ‘black militia’ in the UK. 

In one video, she compared the police to the Ku Klux Klan and dismissed ethnic minority politicians David Lammy, Priti Patel and Sadiq Khan as ‘tokenistic’.

The mother of two also led chants of ‘f*** the police’ and ‘one solution, revolution’ in a campaign to remove the statue of Cecil Rhodes from Oxford University. 

Undated handout photo issued by the Met Police of Sasha Johnson and her son Cavali 

A photo of Sasha Johnson distributed by Taking The Initiative Party

Police at the scene of the party where Sasha Johnson was shot at Consort Road, Peckham, south-east London on May 23, 2021

Detective Chief Inspector Nigel Penney, who leads the investigation, said: ‘Look at the family photos of Sasha, you are looking at a young, healthy woman with children who are clearly devoted to her.

‘Now look at those photos of Sasha in hospital and you see a woman who needs constant medical care and is so often in pain.

‘Despite the most extensive police investigation, those who inflicted these grievous injuries remain free and unpunished and that is just not right.

‘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.

‘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.’

Contact Crimestoppers anonymously on freephone 0800 555 111 or through their website crimestoppers-uk.org with information.

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