A criminologist at the Institute of Criminology at the Cambridge University in the United Kingdom, Dr Justice Tankebe, has admonished government to rescind from describing the police as ‘crime fighters’ but must rather be described and encouraged as protectors of public and human rights in the country.
He said the inherited description of the police as ‘crime fighters’ puts them in the defensive mode where they see people protesting for their human rights as enemies that must be put down by force.
Dr Tankebe posits that the Ghana police must be made to understand that they are the facilitators of citizens rights as stipulated in the constitution because that will help them to assist citizens in exercising their constitutional rights rather than stamping on the rights of citizens in the country.
He said the police should never be called to a demonstration armed in the manner that have been witnessed in Ejura because arming them to go and control protests will only yield one outcome, as have been witnessed in Ejura.
Dr Tankebe said this in an interview with Komla Adom on the Mid Day news on TV3, Wednesday, June 30.
He was commenting on the heels of the gruesome murder of Mohammed Kaaka and the protest that ensued after his burial that resulted in the police using live ammunition to control and disperse the crowd, leading to the death of two persons and four others severely injured in the process.
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