Four police officers caught on camera beating up a Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) student have been suspended.
4 police officers in viral video beating JKUAT student suspended
Justice for JKUAT students
Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai gave orders to have the four interdicted as the Internal Affairs Unit (IAU) conducts investigations.
"The National Police Service wishes to inform that the four officers who were caught on camera meting excessive force on a JKUAT student have been identified and consequently interdicted from service as per police procedures," the statement read in part.
The police boss went on to further expressed appreciation to the students who recorded the incident and thanked Kenyans generally for making the clip to become a trending topic.
The suspension came hours after the IG issued a statement outlining that the video clips circulated on social media had captured the attention of the Interior CS Fred Matiang'i and other high level State officials.
He outlined that police training could not be blamed for the brutality seen on the clip stating that all police officers are sensitized on human rights and legally sanctioned force.
The clip also got attention from global human rights body Amnesty International who condemned the act calling for accountability.
"Violent policing during public demonstrations must stop.
"Officers who break their code of office must be held individually guilty of misconduct, sanctioned and made to compensate victims.
"We call upon the Internal Affairs Unit of the NPS (National Police Service), the Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) and the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) to commence the investigations into the cause of the violence," AI Kenya Executive Director Irungu Houghton stated.
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