IG orders investigation of officers filmed attacking JKUAT students

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The Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai has directed the service’s Internal Affairs Unit to investigate officers filmed attacking a JKUAT student.

Through a statement issued on Tuesday, he gave the IAU to submit its recommendations over the officers’ brutal actions within 24 hours.

“Our attention has been drawn to a video clip circulating on social media of officers applying what appears to be excessive force on a JKUAT student on Monday,” Mutyambai said.

The IG warned that police action should never be punitive and should instead focus on maintenance of law and order and processing offenders to court.

“Officers have been trained on the need to respect human rights and fundamental freedoms, and that, use of force must be legal and of necessity to the needs of justice; it must be applied to the extent that it remains proportionate to the gravity of the offence and with full accountability,” the IG said.