‘Police Brutality’ Surfaces before Human Rights Commission

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The Chairperson of the Independent National Human Rights Commission of Liberia (INHRC) said the Commission is about to take issue with authorities of the Liberia National Police.

Retired Supreme Court Associate Justice Gladys Johnson, who is now the Chairperson of the rights commission, told the Daily Observer that complaints of police brutality, during this State of Emergency, have surfaced before her Commission and it is in the process of taking up those matters with Police Director C. Clarence Massaquoi.

Justice Johnson stated that numerous complaints from within Monrovia and its environs against the police have come before her.

The human rights Commissioner disclosed that she already has two complaints against the police from the Fulani Business Community.

“In one of their complaints, a police allegedly had an accident and broke both legs of one their compatriots. That person is in hospital and the policeman has never looked back on the victim. And another, police allegedly hit someone on a motor bike and left the person lying in the street. I don’t know whether the virus has made people to panic so they are doing irrational things”, said the commissioner.

“I am writing the Police Director; we need to have a very serious meeting about these issues”, she said, noting that “already people are afraid for their lives because of the Ebola virus and for some police to do something irrational is bad.”  

She stated that every Liberian, including the police, needs to calm down and fight the virus not commit abuses against each other.

“Whatever the situation is, we should always protect the dignity of the people—their right to life, access to food and safe drinking water should not be tampered with by anyone,” she declared.

Madam Johnson spoke with this paper Wednesday at her Congo Town Office along the Tubman Boulevard.

Meanwhile, the Independent National Human Rights Commission of Liberia (INHRC) is sending at least 14 human rights monitors into the counties to document rights violations during the State of Emergency.

“In addition to doing their usual human rights duties they will also educate people about the deadly Ebola virus that is killing our people. Our monitors have received training on how to prevent the virus,” the INHRC commissioner said.

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