A retired Police officer, Inspector Teye has said the interdiction of the 21 Police Officers involved in the shooting and killing of the 7 suspected armed robbers has to be extended to the Ashanti Regional Police Command, COP Doku Mensah as well.
Mr Teye explained that the shooting to kill could have only happened under the order of the Command. ” If there is no command, there is no killing” He staed. According to him, the regional Command should have been asked whether he issued such order, which would have formed the basis of preliminary investigations.
He also added that the mode at which they 7 were shot could be investigated to ascertain whether they were shot deliberately or not by the 21 police officers. ” the police officers should have used their discretional abilities to judge even if they took orders to kill and see which part of their body was shot at. You also have to use your brain power, the sense pumped into your brain by your family is not to shoot and kill…….if not you will become an assassinator in your society, at any rate armed robbers are not just killed” he stressed.
He added that the guns, purported to have belonged to the 7-killed, presented as evidence against the deceased, could also be investigated to establish whether they were procured by the police or otherwise. He was speaking on RadfordFM Masie Breakfast Show Monday, November 26, 2018.
Inspector Teye was responding to some concerns involving the incident of shooting and killing of 7 suspected armed robbers of Asawase youth, which sparked outrage in the Zongo communities in the Ashanti region at the time.
A seven-member committee was subsequently then set up to probe the killing. On the 18th and 19th November a report from the seven-member committee was released and exonerated the 7 killed on suspicion of being armed robbers. The report also indicated that there were no proves of gunfire exchanges, which is contrary to what the Police had claimed in July.
The action by the Police lately have increased calls by the public for the Police to vary their modes of operation.In that same programme the host called for the release of the committee`s report on the May YOUTH Clash in Tumu that led to the destruction of some property.