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Police officers to face action for clobbering Cord protesters

The Independent Police Oversight Authority (Ipoa) will investigate police office who were caught on tape assaulting protesters during the anti-IEBC demonstrations held on Monday.

Those found culpable of using excessive force and causing injury will face disciplinary action.

A protester who was cornered by anti-riot police outside Anniversary Towers on May 16, 2016. PHOTO | FRANCIS NDERITU
A protester who was cornered by anti-riot police outside Anniversary Towers on May 16, 2016. PHOTO | FRANCIS NDERITU

Ipoa has already dispatched investigators to ensure that all errant police officers are investigated and brought to book.

The authority, in a media briefing on Tuesday, said police who responded to the protesting opposition leaders and their supporters did not engage in the lawful process of dispersing a demonstration.

Further, the anti-riot police used unnecessary force.

Police officers corner a protester outside Anniversary Towers in Nairobi on May 16, 2016. Several people were injured. PHOTO | EVANS HABIL
Police officers corner a protester outside Anniversary Towers in Nairobi on May 16, 2016. Several people were injured. PHOTO | EVANS HABIL

 

The authority said it can not confirm whether live bullets were used to disperse the protesters on Monday.

Inspector-General of Police Joseph Boinnet has also ordered for speedy investigations into the use of force during Monday’s protests.

He warned that action will be taken against officers found culpable.