The Liberia National Police (LNP) has completed its investigations, charged and forwarded to court thirty motorcyclists for their involvement in the Thursday April 16, violent protest in the City of Paynesville that led to the burning down of a police station and five other stations vandalized.
According to spokesman Sam Collins, the LNP’s Charge Sheet documented the actions carried out by rampaging motorcyclists based upon the alleged killing of their fellow motorcyclist, Alfred Tarnue, by a police officer
The LNP said during the rioting motorcyclists targeted police officers and police facilities and inflicted serious bodily injuries on officers assigned at several stations.
Mr. Collins further stated, “Officers on other assignments in the City of Paynesville were assaulted with cutlasses, sticks and other deadly implements including petroleum products.”
The LNP report further indicated that the accused motorcyclists have been charged with attempted “rape of female police officers during the demonstration in full view of the public in the Red Light District.”
As a result of the rioting in Paynesville and its environs, government and private properties valued at about US$500,000 in the custody of the LNP were stolen or destroyed, the LNP maintained.
Based upon evidence in the possession of the police, the thirty protesters have been charged with ‘Criminal Attempt to Commit Murder, Criminal Attempt to Commit Rape, Criminal Mischief, Theft of Properties, Arson, Aggravated Assault, Disorderly Conduct, Physical Obstruction of Government functions, Rioting, Failure to disperse and Obstructing highway and other public passages in violation of sections 10.1, 14,20, 15.1, 15.5, 15.51, 17.1 .17.3 and 17.7, respectively of the revised Penal Code of Liberia.”