The Inspector General (IG) of the Liberia National Police (LNP), Col. Gregory Coleman, has threatened to charge the Samuel Dahn Community for “murder” if the community does not cooperate to unveil the perpetrators who killed a man believed to be a rogue. Police have already arrested several members of the community for “killing an innocent walk-about man” who is yet to be identified.
Col. Coleman said some members of the community formed a mob and unmercifully beat and stabbed “the man” who was mistaken to be a rogue. The Inspector said a mob is not only illegal and lawless but demoralizes the society, and therefore, he wants justice to be served. He made the statement over the weekend on the Samuel Dahn Sports Pitch when he served as Guest Speaker during the installation of the newly elected officers of the First School Social and Development Club.
“His blood is crying for justice… he was murdered. And there are some members of the community who are seated here and know the doers, but they don’t want to help the Police in the investigation,” IG Coleman said. “We will charge the community for murder if we don’t receive that cooperation.”
Though Col. Coleman did not reveal the time of the said murder, he pointed out that the “case would be reopened for justice to be dispensed.”
The Police IG that day issued a firm warning against mob violence, and said they have re-strategized and initialized Community Policing.
He urged the leadership of the First School Social and Development Club to help the Police in their campaign against mob violence and also help to curtail crimes with the establishment of Community Police in the community.
Inspector Coleman said in spite of the low budgetary support to the Police, they would continue to be vigorous in protecting lives and properties. He said the Professional Standard Division of the LNP has been decentralized into the five regions.
He indicated that the Police have trained men and women to takeover strategic areas previously held by UNMIL officers.
Meanwhile, a member of the community regretted the death of the man in question but complained that the community has been living fear for too long because they have been robbed and assaulted by criminals.
“We have reported the matter to the police several times but had no help. We can’t be living in fear in our own community,” he said.
Most homicides in the country, especially in slum communities, are the result of violence arising from the community, when people take the law into their own hands, according to a police report.