The burial has taken place of motorcyclist Alfred Tanue whose death at the hands of a police officer prompted the April 16, 2015 violent demonstration in the City of Paynesville resulting in injuries, the burning down of several police depot and destruction of other property in the area. The Liberia National Police described his death as “unfortunate and embarrassing”.
Tanue was laid to rest following funeral rites at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Paynesville City, of which he was a member.
Paying tribute to the fallen cyclist Deputy Police Director for Administration Col. Williams Mulbah said the LNP was saddened by the unfortunate death of young Alfred Tanue, stressing that those whose actions led to his death would face the full weight of the law.
Col. Mulbah praised the family members of the deceased for cooperating with the police since the death of their son.
Col. Mulbah appealed to the family not to see the police as an evil institution but an institution that is working in the interest of the people of Liberia.
The LNP officers turned out in large numbers to escort the body from the Samuel Stryker Funeral Home to the SDA Church in Paynesville.
Police Director Clarence Massaquoi, Deputy Police Director for Operations Prince Mulbal, Assistant Police Director for Crime Services Division Joseph Flomo and Police Spokesman Sam Collins and other high ranking police officials attended the removal and funeral services.
In his eulogy, Mr. Alfred Tanue Sr., described the death of his son as a great loss to the family and asked other family members to forgive those who killed their son.
Mr. Tanue Sr., in tears, called on the Liberian government to consider helping the family to take care of the deceased’s children and help give them quality education.
“We are deeply hurt for the loss of our son in such a wicked manner,” he said.
He said the family holds no malice against the LNP but called on the police leadership to leave no stone unturned in making sure that the perpetrators of Tarnue’s death are brought to justice.
Autopsy findings confirmed that the deceased sustained and suffered death as a result of “blunt injury to the right side of his head and strangulation.” The autopsy also showed that there was bruising of the right side of the victim’s neck which suggested that considerable pressure was exerted to that side of the body from external forces, resulting in compression on his jugular vein.
The autopsy concluded that the death of Mr. Tanue was unnatural.
The Independent Investigative Committee after a thorough investigation which included interviews with eye-witnesses concluded that the policeman who chased Tanue, as well as three other persons, Emmanuel Howard, Roland C. Julue and Byrant Dean are responsible directly or indirectly for the death of the motorcyclist.