Police in Monrovia have allegedly mal-handled a reporter working for the Platform Newspaper. Journalist Ramsey T. Gorwor was reportedly flogged on Monday night by officers of the Liberia National Police.
He told this paper Tuesday that on 30 March a panicking incident occurred when a commercial vehicle gutted fire in the middle of the road in Congo Town, few blocks from the Zone #3 Police Stations.
He narrated that as a journalist, it prompted his curiosity after a rampant explosion from the brunt vehicle, which was pushed from the road by residents to avoid an escalation of the incident.
Gorwor furthered that he tirelessly searched his phone to get contacts for the Liberia National Fire Service but to no avail, so he rushed to the police to inform them of the fire and subsequently called the fire service.
However, he said after getting to the police, three police officers, one of them identified as Wilmot Nourseed and two others, who did not identify themselves, claimed they were commanding officers in charge at the station.
He said the three police officers stated acting unruly to him when he inquired if the fire service was contacted, but to his surprise, Wilmot Nourseed slapped him in the face and the other police officers beat on him, demanding that he leaves from their presence.
Gorwor said since he could not get anyone at the station to complain to, he called police spokesman Sam Collins and Deputy Police Director for Operation, Abraham Kromah, but there was no response.
He said some community residents then told him to go home and while he was going to get water from a community shop, Officer Wilmot Nourseed met him at the shop where he (Nourseed) has also gone to visit a girlfriend identified only as Teta , he accused him of taking his picture and started beating on him again in the presence of some community dwellers, who rushed to his safety.
Gorwor said in the process, his working equipment got missing namely; 7Dcamera, Toshiba laptop, cell phone, and his wallet with $250USD.
Gorwor said he has written a formal complain to the Liberian National Police, awaiting response.
When contracted, police spokesman Sam Collins, speaking via mobile phone, said the police have received complaint from journalist Gorwor and it will be looked into soon.
By Bridgett Milton