Abuse of Power Police officers manhandle civilian after he questioned them

One of the victims narrated his ordeal to Pulse.com.gh.

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Police who were stationed at the Neoplan bus stop on the Accra-Nsawam highway reportedly manhandled two civilians for questioning some of their actions when the police stopped the car they were driving in.

One of the victims, Francis Lamptey, who narrated the incident to Pulse.com.gh said they were returning from a church service around 12 am.

“I fell asleep in the car and then suddenly there was a flashlight pointing to my eyes.”

The gentleman who wears glasses said he reacts to light badly. Thinking it was his friend he asked why he flashed the light in his eyes, only to find out it was the police doing their regular checking at the mounted barrier at night.

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“The policeman asked us to get down so he could search us. Then he said he wants to search the bag. So my friend opened all the zip up and we left the bag in the middle of the road,” Lamptey said.

He said they did that because they did not want to get in the way of the police.

However, the police insisted they remove the things but the victims declined.

Francis Lamptey only reminded the police that they will only lodge a complaint if anything of theirs get missing from the bag.

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“As soon as I said that this guy took offence and actually hit me.”

He continued that his friend asked the police why he hit him only for the police to also slap him.

“Then the police tried to handcuff us. And I told him we have not done anything for him to handcuff us. He kept struggling with us even though we were very calm. The handcuff scratched his hand only for him to take us to the police station and report that we actually tried to beat him.”

Lamptey further added that he was looking for the name tags of the police for identification purposes but realised they were not wearing a name tag during their night duty.

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Lamptey said they were taken to the police station, but were not made to write a statement.

“They took off our dresses behind the counter.”

He said his father came around 2 am and got them released.

Lamptey said he and his friend were injured and are both receiving treatment.

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