Beaten by Her Boss, Police Officer Fears for Her Life

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Sgt. Rebecca Nimely (left center), was brutally assaulted by her superior, Col. Jacob Cummeh (right) in Maryland County during the week of April 4, 2021.

By Edward Stemn and David S. Menjor

For the past five years, Sergeant Rebecca Nimley has been stationed at the Liberia National Police outpost in Maryland County, working to protect women and children against domestic and other forms of violence. As Deputy Head of the Women Children & Social Protection Division for the LNP in Maryland County, she comes with considerable authority to pursue and investigate perpetrators of violence against women.

Little did she know, however, that one day the violence from which she worked to rescue so many other women, she would now experience; and not in a domestic capacity, but at the hands of her own superior, a man by the name of Col. Jacob Cummeh.

Now, having reported the matter to the Central Police Headquarters in Monrovia through the LNP Professional Standards Division, Sgt. Nimley fears that her alleged perpetrator might return with a vengeance.

The incident took place during the week of April 4, 2021, just as the county was recovering from a riot a week earlier following the gruesome murder of a motorcyclist. Sgt. Nimley said she was brutally assaulted on the premises of the police headquarters in the County, in the presence of other bystanders and passersby.

Col. Cummeh, whose action is being investigated by the police in Monrovia, physically assaulted his junior officer after she inquired about an ongoing interrogation of her landlord, leaving her severely bruised on the face beyond recognition, as well as other parts of the body.

According Sgt. Nimley, her safety is not guaranteed once she remains under the supervision of Col. Cummeh and, as such, she wants to be re-assigned to elsewhere, “where my rights will be respected and my human dignity recognized and valued.”

“I want Cummeh to bear the full weight of the law for assaulting and injuring me,” Sgt. Rebecca said. “I am afraid the police might throw this case under the carpet and he will come back to haunt me, because he is not remorseful of his action.”

According to Sgt. Nimley, her fear comes as a result of what Police Inspector General Col. Patrick Sudue told her, that she should seek redress in court if the outcome of the police investigation does not meet her satisfaction.

Col. Sudue’s statement, Sgt. Nimley believes, is a clear indication of lack of interest from the police and might end up like other cases that have previously been swept under the carpet.

“Whenever there is a case between a junior officer and one higher than him or her, our bosses do not allow us to meet face to face in an investigation room, and in most cases, they only tell us sorry,” Sgt. Nimley said in an interview with KMTV on April 9, 2021.

Meanwhile, the spokesman of the Liberia National Police, H. Moses Carter, has disclosed that the matter between Col. Cummeh and Sgt. Nimley is being investigated thoroughly and that “the investigation findings will be released soon” though he declined to give a specific date.

“The matter is being investigated internally. We want to establish the claims and counterclaims, and currently, he is still in the police but not working actively. The report is expected out very soon,” said Carter.

How did the assault happen?

The assault, according to Sgt. Nimley, occurred after she had returned from patrol with some officers of the Police Support Unit (PSU) and met her landlord seated at the police depot with no clothes and foot-wear on. She immediately went to inquire about his arrest.  

“But in no time my boss came and started insulting and calling me all types of names.

“I inquired to know what exactly happened that led to [my landlord’s] arrest and subsequent placement on the ground like a criminal. But being that he is exceptionally unmannered in his utterances to women, he did not listen to me, rather started verbally abusing me before going physically.

“Being a commander does not mean you know everything. We work together as a team. Female officers here have complained several times to the Professional Standards Division here but he is not showing remorse, neither [is he] willing to change from his unruly behavior,” Sgt. Nimley added.

She further said that her inquiry was intended to be in the know of the charges against her landlord so as to inform his family about the situation, but her boss, Col. Cummeh took it personally and decided to show strength.

“He blasted at me and when I tried cooling him down, he got angry, and that’s how he started hitting me,” She said. A PSU officer was around and held him, but his force overpowered the officer. He reached to me with a punch and pushed me to the ground and started to beat me like his baby. He physically assaulted me and I sustained injuries to my nose and feeling severe pain at the back of my head.”

Sgt. Nimley added that “I am receiving treatment at the J.J. Dossen Hospital but it seems that I need further and better check-up. I may have to go to Tappita Hospital.

‘Stigmatized’

Despite still recovering, Sgt. Nimley disclosed that since the flogging, she has been stigmatized and regularly mocked by citizens of the county. The stigmatization, and safety issue, according to her, are the reasons behind her push for reassignment, despite the possibility of a cover-up that may lead to Col. Cummeh’s return to active duty in the county.

“People now identify me by that brutal incident rather than by my name and I am not Cummeh’s fiancée or child to be treated as he wishes. I would rather resign and do my business than stay here and continue working with a man who has no good manners. He is hot-tempered and quick to raise his hand for a fight or, if possible, hit on whomever he is angry with at a given time,” Sgt. Nimely explained.

Sgt. Nimely furthered that what is more annoying is that Cummeh did not regret his action against her as he continued to demonstrate it.

“My uncle took my phone and he took photos of my bleeding. Cummeh again went out and demanded that my uncle give him my phone, something which my uncle refused but was nearly hit hard like me.

“My uncle ended up giving Cummeh the phone on the appeal of the County Superintendent, Mr. Pratt, and Cummeh deleted all the pictures. He seized my uncle’s motorbike and it slept with him too,” she narrated.

Sgt. Nimely noted that in the process, she lost some items including money on the day she was brutalized by Col. Cummeh but, up to date, she is yet to get the repayment of any of what she lost.

“My mother has filed a complaint with the Gender Ministry and she is looking forward to investigation too. We are not taking this for granted because women are abused every day and nothing much comes out of the many cases around us,” she lamented.

18 COMMENTS

  1. What a complete lawlessness, lack of human dignity, cruelty, ignorance of common sense, uncivilized behavior, by a so-called senior officer. A complete disregard! Lack of words to describe this kind of idiotic behavior!

  2. This senior officer is a monster. This kind of behavior is reminiscent of COs and superiors of the various warring factions in our barbaric civil of the 90s. There is no place such inhumane behavior against a female comrade officer needless to say the general population.
    I add my voice for the expulsion of the brute from the LNP.

  3. The female officer should have use superior force at her disposal; to defend herself… Some ranking-police supervisor, he’s a [JERK]. May the full weight of the [LAW] as applicable, falls on him.

    • Henry Freeman, what do you mean by “the female officer should have used superior force at her disposal“? You mean she should have blown that beast’s head away from his shoulders? Or what? Jacob Cummeh is simply not fit to be a police officer, not to talk about being the Commander of a Police Bureau within a County which was once a State, until it joined Liberia in 1857.

  4. And the county superintendent required the lady’s personal phone, a phone containing vital pictures that will be used in future prosecution of the police chief to be surrendered to the same police chief? Aye God! What did Liberians do to deserve this kind of punishment? The superintendent and this so-called police chief ought to be suspended outright while this matter is “investigated.”

    The superintendent as a sort of “governor” of the county, supposed to be responsible for protecting lives and properties in the county, just as the police chief. And a complaint of this magnitude comes to his attention, and instead of standing on the side of the law, he is there aiding and abetting the criminal? If that’s not dereliction of duty, then I don’t know what that is called. And when citizens jump in the street to demonstrate in response to this kind of treatment or abuse, then people blame the opposition?

  5. This man, Col. Jacob Cummeh, must go to Jail. And, the he needs to be fired immediately from the police force.

    Any human being who ill-treats another person like this does not deserve to be working in any government, period.

  6. My goodness!
    Cummeh is out of control because he is a buffoon. If anyone needs to be disciplined, it’s none but Cummeh, the so-called boss!

  7. Hney, these are the strongmen you wish to see in Liberia, not so?
    Do a background investigation on this “senior” police officer, he must have been part of an armed group.

    Someone will treat his daughter in the same way!

  8. Whatever happened to the “Code of Blue” in professional policing? How did this man become a colonel in LNP; bribery as usual? These pictures ruled out professionalism and merits. Hello LNP!

  9. Dismiss and jail the animal, Jacob Cummeh!
    These are issues the US State Department flagged as human rights violations in Liberia!
    You have such an old rebel abusing a female police officer to the point of death and as usual, nothing will come out of it because this Jacob Cummeh could be a ritualistic killer in Maryland County for some top government officials.
    The role of the superintendent in that instance was to have restrained him by other officers, disarmed him and possibly detained him and not requested the victim uncle’s phone taken by him.
    It’s a clear indication that the county superintendent is unfit.
    These behaviours might recipricate the return of the dark days of Liberia’s past!
    There’s going to be a time ENOUGH WILL BE ENOUGH!

  10. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha !
    The Minister of Information justified the action as an Age old Thing. That nothing can be done about it, hence, nothing will come out of it.
    That’s how the heathen leadership of that God Forsaken Country sees and understands how citizens must be treated. Describing such repeated aggressive attacks on citizens as an “age old “. That’s the mindset, and no corrective measures necessary. That’s Who They Are.
    What A Country ? What A God Forsaken Country?
    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha !

  11. Defender,
    It looks like in a week’s time, you will find a reason to provoke me. Here I’m this morning, eating my two slices of baked garlic bread and all of a sudden, you’re provoking me. You know what? Whenever I deal with, I will never bow down in the heat of adversity, neither will I hesitate to fully engage or confront you from A to Z. I will stand my ground. But, let’s not forget petit frere….in the most recent past, you have accused me of being a diversionary tactician. Right? If history is any judge, you are the one to be judged prudently because you’re deliberately changing the topic.

    The Main Topic:
    A “weak law enforcement officer”, (maybe he’s a member of the disorganized CPP/CoP) shows his machismo by physically beating a female officer. To make matters worse, the lawman….who is really not a lawman, but a buffoon, threatens the beaten female officer’s uncle. Mon Petit Frere, that’s the gist of the matter.

    Direct Response To Your Question:
    I do not support a biggot who does not uphold the law. In my opinion, Cummeh suffers from cerebral insufficiency. Cerebral insufficiency is a form of mental weakness. Nope. Cummeh is not the kind of guy that I would like to see govern Liberia.

    Mon Petit Frere, wouldn’t you admit that Cummeh is weak? Let’s both do a political background check on Cummeh. It may turn out as I alluded to earlier that he may well be an affiliate of the political entities you sympathize with.

    Let’s try that buddy. Peace.

  12. This is systemic behavior. Until the government stops hiring these former war criminals and psychopaths in the justice systems, the abuse of women and children will always be the subject of the day.

  13. The line has to be “swiftly” drawn somewhere, somehow, and sometimes. Why should Liberians settle for these kinds of abuses as a normal way of life?

    Oh! how I wish for the president to come out and used his executive powers at least just for once and set an example on this monster of a human thus sending the message Liberia is not a country of might makes right.

    Lord have mercy, I know we live in a democracy and everyone must be given a chance to have his or her day in court for the commission of his or her crime before facing some social sanction, but the question which haunts large segments of the population is, why many times justice is so slowed for the poor folks and the defenseless to the extent a perception prevails within the society that punishment for crimes is never forth-coming as long as those whom are affected are the people in the lowest echelons of the social ladder?

    The list of social evils and egregious abuses are humongous, and I do not think the GOL, like other governments around the globe, can exhaust them all. Nonetheless, I firmly believe it could give priorities to certain exigencies based on how grave their socio-political or socio-economic implications are.

    Who can question the logic that this is one of those times when a “swift” law enforcement intervention is needed to bring justice and solace to an individual, who was mercilessly brutalized while in fact acting in good faith on behave of the government?

  14. How low can we go?! Why are we Liberians insulted almost on the daily basis? If anyone asks me about my accent and where I am from, I will tell him/her that I am a Liberian, proud to be a Liberian! But, the misrule in Liberia is insulting and demeaning to all Liberians. And Maryland, Cape Palmas, WHY! A hardened criminal in police uniform masquerading as police chief? Deja vu!

  15. Where are we heading as a country?, If we are still allowing an outrageous brutality from hands of a high ranking police officer!! We should not tolerate such an inhumane act, as it appeared to be, since the brutal savage attacks on Sgt. Rebecca Nimley, has not seen the day of light in any of the halls of justice. There should be no uncertain terms, under no conditions as well as with no such a degree of complacency in allowing Col. Jacob Cummeh, to ever continue in his position. I am calling on the Police Director/Chief of Police to effective and immediately suspend Col. Cummeh, without pay, until proper investigation is fully conducted; Pay all medical expenses of Sgt. Nimley and without any further delay, reassign her. If the Police Department fails to render and deliver justice for Sgt. Nimley, Col. Jacob Cummeh, will repeat this barbaric act again and again. There will be no end in sight for his dog style behavior.
    President Weah, please let this case draws you immediate attention and appropriate action in the premises. Listen to Sgt. Nimley’s honest peas,concerns and tremendous fears, “I want Cummeh to bear the full weight of the law for assaulting and injuring me,” Sgt. Rebecca said. “I am afraid the police might throw this case under the carpet and he will come back to haunt me, because he is not remorseful of his action.” The Police Department is part of the Executive Branch, thereby ordained by the Constitution of Liberia to enforce the laws of Liberia. It appears that the enforcer of the law in this case is the “breaker of the law” and it can not be allowed to be swept under the rug, which is a severe threat to Sgt. Nimley as well as to all citizens of Liberia. Your Excellency, Col. Cummeh, has committed a barbaric and savage act thereby, under minding your ability to be the Chief Law Enforcer of Liberia. Do not allow compliancy or any other further delay for transparent justice. I am begging you in the name of God.
    As a student of Theology, let me remind you that an inaction on your part thus far, it may not be intentional, but it is not pleasing to God, who Has allowed you to be our leader such a time as this. Please do not allow any such ugly and uncivilized behavior from any law enforcement individuals to ever happen again. Mandate each and every Police Department to revaluate their training and policies in order to protect lives and advance decent values for human dignity as well to improve the human condition. I am praying for you Mr. President and for one of our best law enforcers, Sgt. Rebecca Nimley, but do the right thing in this case and set a precedence for all time.
    God bless and may He saves Liberia

  16. I wonder if he can beat a man like how he hit on a lady. What type of investigation does this a’hole need?! Disrobe him and out him behind bars where he will be with men, and let’s see if he is so tough.
    Sgt. Nimely, do NOT take this case lightly, and as you said, “women in Liberia are brutalized all the time”. Carry him to court – even after this bogus investigation.
    As for the Superintendent, you should be charged for destroying evidence.

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