Khorixas incident embarrasses police

26 April 2021 | Police

JEMIMA BEUKES

WINDHOEK

The Namibian police are embarrassed after a police officer at Khorixas violently assaulted and kicked members of the public in the town’s holding cells last week.

In a statement in response to two violent assaults of members of public at the hands of the police, the police spokesperson, Deputy Commissioner Kauna Shikwambi, condemned the incidents at Khorixas.

The police insist that the group of people were in the wrong and provoked officers.

But a video shows how a police officer in camouflage wildly kicked one of the patrons, who is reportedly physically challenged.

The same officer subsequently attempted to kick and assault a woman who was part of the group but stopped.

“It must be noted that members of the force, particularly those conducting crime prevention operations, are sometimes dealing with highly intoxicated, unruly and uncooperative people, who without provocation are insulting and even assaulting the officers on duty,” the police spokesperson said.

According to her the people in question were arrested for violating the Covid-19 curfew rules by continuing drinking and smoking hubbly-bubbly after 22:00.

She added that one of the patrons, a physically challenged man called ‘General’, reportedly started insulting the police officers.

The police ordered him to get into the van to go to the police station, where they were charged with violating Covid-19 regulations.

“At the police station a brother of ‘General’ started acting aggressively and refused to enter the police station while ‘General’ himself pushed a female police officer and insulted her and obstructed other police officer from doing their duties.

“Ultimately the officers managed to get ‘General’ into the charge office, but a lady who claimed to be the girlfriend of the brother came in and shouted that the police must leave her boyfriend alone,” Shikwambi said.

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