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Police dismiss pickpocketing incident during Sonko’s arrest despite viral video
By Fay Ngina | Updated Dec 09, 2019 at 09:35 EAT
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Screenshot of Governor Sonko's arrest
SUMMARY

In a video that went viral during the arrest, a police officer is seen quickly snatching something his colleague's pocket.

The officer in charge is then seen looking into his pockets as if something had been taken from him.

The National Police of Kenya (NPS) has dismissed claims that one of their own was pickpocketed during Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko’s arrest on Friday 6 December.

In a video that went viral during the arrest, a police officer is seen quickly snatching something his colleague's pocket. The officer in charge is then seen looking into his pockets as if something had been taken from him.

The video had many Kenyans talking online, with most of them being certain that the police officer had pickpocketed his senior colleague.

However, NPS on Sunday 8 December said that the video is a ‘misrepresentation’ of what happened.

“The video clip doing rounds on social media highlighting what appears to be an act of pickpocketing by a police officer is a misrepresentation of facts and untrue,” NPS said.

NPS also says that the officer in charge confirmed that nothing was taken from him during the Governor’s arrest.

“The Officer in Charge of Traffic Voi has confirmed that he was not pick pocketed. Equally, the police command in Voi has confirmed that the officer in question is disciplined and of high integrity,” concluded NPS.

Kenyans on social media, however, took to the comments section to disagree with NPS. 


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