The Inspector General Police, James Oppong Boanuh has explained to the public account committee of Parliament why policemen can shoot at a protesting crowd. According to him, some situations will force a policeman to shoot at a crowd whiles other may not. Explaining to the committee, he noted that policemen will not shoot at an armless protestors but if only one person is holding a weapon which can claim the life of an officer, that officer can shoot at the crowd in order to protect his life.
Read his words below
“Honourable Chair, you and I know that in very fluid situations, there are no hard and fast rules when the lives of the Police officers are threatened, that they should go through all these. So, depending on the nature of the situation you are dealing with, then you can go through all these.
“Let me add that if you are dealing with unarmed demonstrators, then you will not go for live amour, but when you see somebody in the crowd holding a weapon which is capable of being used to kill or injure a Police officer, our laws permit us to use lethal force to eliminate that threat to the officers on duty. So, it depends on the situation you are dealing with,” he stated.
He noted that sometimes they speak to the people through a megaphone to stay calm but still, some will not listen. According to the IGP, whether the protestors are armed or not, policemen still need to protect themselves.
The president on the other hand has given the interior minister a maximum of 10 days to provide a detailed inquiry on how the shooting incident at Ejura happened.
What's your thoughts on this, how safe are we if policemen are permitted by law to shoot at a protesting crowd? Let's be vigilant and fight for the future.
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