General News of Wednesday, 19 December 2018
The Ghana Police Service has denied reports that two uniformed persons who were seen in a viral video bullying an Uber driver are police officers.
According to a statement by the Police, the two persons who have since been identified are Community Police Assistants.
An amateur video clip that went viral on social media this week saw two uniformed persons physically attacking a man believed to be an Uber driver around Pentecost University in Sowutuom in Accra over the weekend.
Despite attempts by the driver to ward off the two bullies, they overpowered him.
It is unclear what may have led to the incident, but many users of social media accused the Police and its other agents of regularly using force and bullying tactics to intimidate citizens.
The comments are reflective of sentiments of many Ghanaians about the police service despite contrary comments by senior police officers in the contrary.
The victim of the attack has since lodged a formal complaint at the Sowutuom Police station, and the incident is currently being investigated.
“So far, investigation revealed that the said officers have been identified as Community Police Assistant, (CPA) and not Police Officers. They are however assisting investigation… The Police Service further assures the public that we are committed to carrying out our mandate with the mission to deliver services in crime prevention, detection, apprehension and prosecution of offenders consistent with international best standards by respecting the human rights of all and adherence to professional police practices,” the Police said in its statement.