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Opinion: Are police justified in using excessive force on robbery suspects?

By The Standard | Published Sun, April 2nd 2017 at 19:11, Updated April 2nd 2017 at 19:15 GMT +3
Inspector General of Police (IGP) Joseph Boinett PHOTO:COURTESY

Is the Cabinet Secretary for Internal Security prepared now to admit that extra-judicial executions by the Kenya police is a serious problem and a threat to the rule of law? Or must we await more examples of this barbarity?

Will the Cabinet secretary, the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Joseph Boinett and the Director of Criminal Investigation (DCI) Ndegwa Muhoro take responsibility for the culture of extra-judicial executions that is now so evidently entrenched in the national police service?

The LSK demands the immediate arrest and prosecution of the police officers shown in the video and an inquiry to establish how police officers are able to carry out murders of unarmed Kenyan civilians in broad daylight with impunity.
 

The scene is chilling and a frightening reminder that there are elements of the security forces who murder Kenyan citizens without hesitation and in violation of all laws.

Even if they were criminal suspects, whatever the nature of their alleged offences or criminal activities those young men were entitled to due process under rights guaranteed by the Constitution.

Video footage is circulating on social media of the most appalling incident of what appears to be the brazen execution of two young men reportedly on the streets of Eastleigh, Nairobi on Friday, March 31, 2017.

While a uniformed and armed police officer appears to keep back the crowd, one of several armed men in plain clothes is shown flinging a young man he has apprehended to the ground before a large crowd of onlookers and firing several rounds at point-blank range at the prone man as the crowd scampers for safety.

The armed man is then shown delivering a final shot to the head of the injured and bleeding young man.

Isaac Okero, President, Law Society of Kenya

 


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