Nigeria special police unit reined in after abuse allegations

Nigeria’s top police chief has banned a controversial anti-robbery unit and other special agents from carrying out stop-and-search operations and mounting roadblocks over accusations of abuses. Muhammed Adamu, inspector general of police (IGP) said in a statement on Sunday the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) and other tactical squads must stop such operations, including traffic checks, “with immediate effect”. He added that police officers must no longer work in plain-clothes but always appear in their uniform or approved tactical gear. The IGP’s directives come against the backdrop of findings by the leadership of the Force that a few personnel of … Continue reading Nigeria special police unit reined in after abuse allegations

California sheriff’s department fires the deputy seen on video punching a 14-year-old boy

The Rancho Cordova Police Department building. The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department has fired a deputy who was seen in a viral video punching a 14-year-old boy. After an administrative investigation related to the incident, the deputy was terminated from employment,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement to news reporters. The deputy has not been identified and the sheriff’s office did not release any other details about the administrative investigation. At the time, the sheriff’s department and the Rancho Cordova Police Department told reporters, they were investigating use of force by the deputy “in order to gain a complete and thorough … Continue reading California sheriff’s department fires the deputy seen on video punching a 14-year-old boy

Victoria police officer appears to stomp on man’s head during arrest

An Australian policeman has been suspended over the arrest of a man who was allegedly hit by a police car and then kicked in the head by an officer. The man, 32, was put in an induced coma and admitted to intensive care after the arrest in Melbourne on Sunday. His family has called for an independent investigation, after footage of the incident went viral. Victoria Police said an internal unit was investigating. Melbourne has been under a strict coronavirus lockdown for the past two months. Police have been given unprecedented powers, under public health orders, to fine and detain … Continue reading Victoria police officer appears to stomp on man’s head during arrest

Roderick Walker: Georgia deputy filmed punching black man is fired

Police in the US state of Georgia say a sheriff’s deputy has been fired after video emerged showing him pinning a black man to the floor and punching him in the face. Roderick Walker, 26, was a passenger in a car that was pulled over by deputies for an alleged broken rear light. After an altercation, police tried to arrest him. Video shared on social media showed Mr Walker being held down by two white deputies, one of whom punches him. In a statement, Clayton County Sheriff’s Office said “the deputy who repeatedly struck Roderick Walker” was to lose his … Continue reading Roderick Walker: Georgia deputy filmed punching black man is fired

Dramatic arrest footage shows police surrounding elderly women sitting on park bench

There can never be a justification for the apparent high-handedness and subtle intimidation of elderly members of society as witnessed in Australia. It has since emerged that two elderly women were subjected to crude behavior by police officers who should know better. Footage captures police officers surrounding two elderly women as they question them for identification. Dramatic footage has captured a bizarre stand-off between five police officers and two elderly women sitting on a Melbourne park bench. The video posted to YouTube on Sunday showed the officers surrounding the two women as one of them said firmly: “No, I’m not … Continue reading Dramatic arrest footage shows police surrounding elderly women sitting on park bench