Former President of the Republic of Ghana, Jerry John Rawlings has denounced the recent attack on a police officer at Amasaman.
The police officer identified as Sgt. Mahanadi at the SWAT Unit of the Ghana Police Service, in the viral video, was seen physically assaulted by a group of angry residents at Amasaman a suburb of Accra.
A video went viral revealing how angry residents subjected the uniformed policeman to severe beatings leaving him with various degrees of injuries and a swollen face over what is yet to be ascertained.
Rawlings indicated the civilians had no justification to beat the police officer even if he was at fault.
“It is painful the extent to which a policeman was badly beaten to the point that you could hardly see his eyes. What could have justified that? What stopped us from literally arresting him if the situation warranted it and leading him to a police station?”
“To disrespect a lawman and to even go as far as to assault him to the extent that was done was going too far,” the former President said.
He said, “No one is perfect and I know the burden that the police generally carry. Things are tough and they carry a heavy burden. The means to do their work effectively is inadequate and they are doing their best. Assuming 30 percent of the police were to decide not to put in their best, can you imagine the confusion we will have? Let’s imagine a situation without the police; we will be much worse. It could be an uncontrollable situation.”
According to a section of residents, the helpless officer was rescued by some elders of the community as the youth including women were pummeling him with life-threatening objects which left him bleeding from the nose.
The Amasaman Divisional Police Command has revealed that suspects after the screening would be arraigned before court and charged for various offences condemning the upsurge in police brutality in recent times.
By : Richard Obeng Bediako / Kingdom 107.7 FM / Kingdomfmonline.com / Ghana / 2019 /Twitter:@obeng_governor /Richardobengbediako@gmail.com