Two police officers who appeared in a viral video showing them torturing a suspect in handcuffs have been arrested and detained.
Two police officers who were captured in a video making rounds on social media of them torturing a suspect in handcuffs have been arrested and detained.
In the video, an unidentified man is seen being anguished by police officers while in handcuffs, in addition to beating and hitting him on the ground several times.
However, as more people continue to condemn the scene, the police have identified the tormentor and arrested him on charges of assaulting a civilian.
According to ASP Patrick Jimmy Okema the North Kyoga police spokesperson, the victim was identified as Ronald Mumbere, a truck driver with Sadeem Al-Kuwait General Trading and Contracting Company who was arrested for threatening to harm, Ceaser Meghila, the administrator of the company.
Okema said the Police Constable, Benard Ogoro attached to the Field Force Unit on Monday contacted the Ibuje police station for reinforcements to arrest the victim who had earlier threatened to harm the company administrator.
He, however, said in course of the arrest, Ogoro and another officer identified as Mathew Bwambale also a police constable attached to Field Force Unit manhandled the suspect as captured in the viral video.
Okema also mentioned the two officers have been disarmed and are currently detained at Ibuje police station awaiting a court order.
“Our officers from the Field Force Unit were seen assaulting a civilian, even after handcuffing him. We regret that our own officers acted in such an unprofessional manner, outside of their training and the discipline of the force. Their actions are outside our mandate as UPF as enshrined in the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda under article 212.”
“A disciplinary file has been opened against the two officers who appear in the video. The officers have been disarmed and are currently detained at Ibuje police station awaiting transportation to the main station,” Okema said.
Okema in addition, said statements have also since been recorded from the two police officers captured in the viral video whereas the victim has been examined by the police doctor, adding that the Apac District Police Commander has also reached out to him to extend police’s apologies as a way of mending relations with him.
“We would like to advise all our personnel to be guided by the professional code of conduct and Standard Operating Procedures so as to respect the rule of law and act professionally at all times,” he added.