By: Zee Roberts
A student of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion University or AMEZU, Miss Joanna Kermee, has told the New Dawn that she was severely flogged by an operational officer of the Monrovia City Police on Tuesday, July 20.
Miss Kermee did not disclose the name of the City Police Officer, but said the incident occurred during the afternoon hours of Tuesday between Ashmun and Randall streets, down town Monrovia, where she had initially passed on her way to the commercial district of Waterside
without observing any incident.
Speaking Tuesday, July 19, 2016 to this paper in Central Monrovia she explained that while returning towards the same direction on her way to Broad Street, she observed a row between officers of the Police Support Unit or PSY of the Liberia National Police and Monrovia City
Police and Street sellers, and decided to stand by the street side to further observe what was actually happening. According to her, several marketers and sellers were escaping with their goods from the PSU and City Police toward the same direction she was heading.
She further pointed out that it was then that one of the city police officers closely approached her and began brutally attacking her with a cane without any reason. “I started asking the police what have I done and you are carrying on such an unlawful act on me. I am a Liberian citizen, despite me being an American; I will take your complain to the US Embassy,” she said.
“I am not to be afraid of the police; police are my friends, and when I see them, there is a need to run to the police,” she indicated.
The AMEZU Student is a resident of the New Georgia Estate in Garnerville. When contacted, the Deputy Operations Commander of the Monrovia City Police, Fredrick Saah, denied the allegation, claiming that none of his men ever flogged Miss Kermee as she claimed.
But at the close of our reporter’s interview with him, Commander Saah later offer a verbal apology to the alleged victim of the brutality carried out against the student for the incident, assuring that such will not be repeated.-Edited by George Barpeen