Justice for Latif: Level of force used against journalist unjustifiable – Police Chief

Justice for Latif: Level of force used against journalist unjustifiable – Police Chief
Source: Ghana | Myjoyonline.com | Jerry Tsatro Mordy | Email: jerry.mordy@myjoyonline.com, Twitter: @jerrymordy
Date: 27-04-2018 Time: 10:04:59:am
Latif Idris has a fractured skull following beatings he suffered at the hands of police officers at the CID Hqrs.

Director-General in charge of Public Affairs at the Ghana Police Service, ACP David Eklu says there is no justification for the level of force used on Multimedia Journalist, Latif Idris by some officers on the premises of Criminal Investigations Department last month.

“That’s a very regrettable incident having listened to Latif and having spoken to him personally about what happened,” ACP Eklu conceded while speaking to Joy News Editor and news anchor, Israel Laryea, on a yet-to-be televised programme, ‘Ghana Police Watch’.

The campaign to get justice for the JoyNews reporter has been intensified, with pressure mounting on the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the police to expedite the process to arrest the perpetrators of the brutality.

Read: Campaign to get justice for Latif Iddrisu heightens as his health deteriorates

Latif Iddrisu has been left with a fractured skull and his health has been deteriorating after he was brutalised by riot control men deployed to control a crowd of National Democratic Congress (NDC) faithful who had stormed the CID Headquarters on March 27, following the arrest of their Deputy General Secretary, Koku Anyidoho.

Watch: Latif Idris narrates how police officers brutally assaulted him at the Police Headquarters  

ACP Eklu explains two dimensions of the case: “…if it is intentional then that becomes an assault but if it was in the course of the work of the police officer trying to keep the crowd at bay then that becomes a different thing.”

“Our professional standards bureau will also look at the professional aspect of this; was the police officer professional, was the level of force used as described by Latif appropriate to the simple question that ‘what is the name of this?’

“Let me repeat that it doesn’t justify the level of force that was used on Latif,” ACP Eklu conceded.

The outcome of the investigations will provide a learning experience to the Police Administration, he said. 

Watch: ACP Eklu speak on brutal assault meted out to Multimedia journalist, Latif Idris

The full version of the programme would be aired on the JoyNews channel on Multi TV Monday, April 30 and Sunday, May 7, 2018.