Police probe claims of Garissa brutality after social media leaks
01 June 2015, 08:40
Nairobi - Police have launched investigations into pictures doing round on the social media, showing police officers harshly whipping and walking over some unidentified youth in an undisclosed location in Garissa County.
The frightening pictures have sparked outrage and anger from
leaders and human right activists in and out of the social-sphere,
with many demanding for immediate arrest and prosecution of the
Acting Garissa County Police Commander Shadrack Maithya said he
was concerned about the pictures circulated on the Facebook and
Twitter, noting that it was unethical and unprofessional for any
security agent to humiliate civilian whether suspects or not.
The photos were posted by an officer using a Facebook account under
the name Michaek Orita, who, sources told the media, is a senior
officer at the department of crime in Garissa County.
The pictures showing the youth lying flat on their bellies on
red soil, identified by many as Modika area, shows an officer in
plain uniform with assault rifle in his left hand whipping his
victims lying in rows after rows, while his colleagues in full
uniform hold onto a police vehicle stationed at the rear. And there
white land cruiser similar to one used by anti-terrorist police in
Garissa also standing at the background.
"These Somali young men came to Garissa for a purpose but little
did they know we are smarter than them. Their scheme ended in
court, we shall not relent on security issues," read the face book
post with the three photos.
Social media was abuzz with reactions following the emerging of
grisly photos. And there are calls for the immediate arrest of the
Asked whether there was an officer by the name of the account
user (Micheal Orita), Maithya said "I'm new in Garissa County and I
can't for sure say whether I have such a person or not for
"And even if we found we have such person in our force, we can't
conclusively say he is responsible without our investigation
proofing that. People can create names under other peoples' name
and misuse them," the county police commander said.
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