6 Police Officers Suspended for Death of 3-yr-old Boy in West Point

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3-yr-old victim of police brutality, the late Francis Mensah

-As Civilian Complaints Review Board starts accused police officers’ investigation

The Civilian Complaints Review Board (CCRB), an independent body set up by the law to investigate police act of violence against innocent people, began an investigation on Friday, June 25, into circumstances that resulted into the death of a three-year-old child, Francis Mensah. The incident occurred on April 20, 2020, during police’s operation in the Township of West Point, to enforce the lockdown imposed by the government in order to contain the spread of the Coronavirus.

It was reported that little Mensah died as a result of an injury he sustained after the six officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP) allegedly kicked a pot of hot water that wasted on the child, leading to his death.  In a press release issued by the chairman of the CCRB, Cllr. Tiawan Gongloe, the officers were suspended based on a recommendation to the police leadership.

Little Francis Mensah died as a result of an injury he sustained after the six LNP officers reportedly kicked a pot of hot water that wasted on the child.

“A team of investigators of the CCRB will visit the incident site to reconstruct the scene and gather information in relation to the case,” Gongloe said in his release. He added that thereafter, the board will conduct a hearing to ascertain what actually happened that led to the death of Mensah.

Meanwhile, the release said the CCRB is requesting all parties to remain calm and to fully cooperate with the board to ensure a fair and impartial outcome of the investigation. The CCRB’s plea followed a wave of protest by angry residents of West Point in demand of justice for little Mensah. It may be recalled that family, friends, and sympathizers of the late Francis Mensah on Tuesday, June 9, staged a peaceful protest at the Headquarters of the Liberia National Police (LNP) in Monrovia, demanding justice for the death of their son.

On Tuesday, protesters, most family and community members, were seen carrying placards with different inscriptions and chanting, “We want justice!!! We want justice, we want justice!!! Francis Mensah needs Justice!!!!”.

Author

  • Anthony Kokoi is a young Liberian sports writer who has an ever-growing passion for the development of the game of football (soccer) and other sports. For the past few years, he has been passionately engaged in reporting the developments of the game in the country. He is an associate member of the Sports Writers Association of Liberia (SWAL). He is a promoter of young talents. He also writes match reports and makes an analysis of Liberian Football.

3 COMMENTS

  1. I need some clarity here because the story says six police officers reportedly kicked a pot of hot water that wasted on him (the victim). How can six police officers kicked a pot of hot water at the same time?

  2. I’m sadden by the the death of this innocent child, my heart bleeds. I’m also confused about 6 officers kicking at once. Impossible!!.

  3. Daily Observer HAS REALLY REDUCED ITSELF TO A FOOLISH NEWS OUTLET! Was it “six officers” who kicked the bucket of hot water upon the little child, or that indiscipline police officer Sonnie Jallah? It was that wicked and indisciplined police officer who kicked the bucket of hot water upon the little child. And then Daily Observer is here lying again, just as they are lying all over the place.

    That indisciplined and wicked police officer Sonnie Jallah should be fired and prosecuted forthwith. And if found guilty, go to jail for committing murder. Mr. Police Director, suspending six police officers is simply your strategy to let that wicked and indiscipline police officer Sonnie Jallah commit murder and walk away with impunity.

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