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4 Embarrassing Facts about Police Brutality in Kenya

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If you lived in Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland, you would have woken up to very sad news on the first day on December 2014. Breaking News: Man Shot Dead by Police. For the first time since 1944, police had killed someone in Iceland. But that does not shock you because you live in a backwards forsaken piece of earth. In addition to unpronounceable names, Iceland has plenty of crime-free neighborhoods. Crime is so rare in the country that police do not carry guns because it is considered too threatening. The incident above happened when a suspect shot back at officers who had gone to his home. After the shooting, police visited the slain man’s family and apologized. Mind you, the guy was a criminal. The shooting so shook up the little nation of 320,000 people that it was news for a whole month. Back home, police are so flagrantly brutish that this article could end up being classified as hate-speech. Thank god most senior police officers cant read anything longer than two sentences.

  1. You are 5 times More Likely to Be Shot by a Policeman than by a Robber
maina njenga with 41 police officers
It is hard to tell whether this shows security or insecurity in Kenya

Why do we even call them police? They are more of legal shooting squads. According to a report appearing in the Telegraph, in Kenya, you are five times more likely to be shot by police than by robbers.  Which means your fear of robbers is totally irrational. Out of 1,900 fatal shootings between 2009 and 2014. means It means that robbers killed 50 people every year while police killed 350 people per year. Still, that figure is quite understated because it does not include people who disappeared or rather ‘people who were disappeared’. That figure does not also include people who were gunned down by the notorious ‘unidentified gunmen”. Out of the 1500 people killed in the post-election violence, 500 were killed  by the police.

At some time around 2006 and 2007 when Kangema strongman John Michuki was minister for security, more than 600 youths disappeared. Raphael Tuju who at that time was minister for Foreign Affairs conceded during a TV interview that police have ‘dealt conclusively’ with more than 400 people within a few months. While it is hard to really get an accurate figure of people killed by police in Kenya, going by 7:00 am news that mention robbers gunned down in early morning incidents, that number could well be at least five people. Every day.

3. Police Killings In Kenya Are Asronomically High Compared With Counterparts in Other Countries

list of people i trust
A list of police officers you can trust

Just last week, the KNHRC revealed that the sky is blue, grass is green, and water is wet, by preparing a report documenting abuse of human rights by police against terror suspects. Nothing new there guys. While some people could argue that you cannot compare Kenya with Iceland due to the huge population difference, it is imperative to understand that it is not about population. That would imply that we should frequently kill random people because we are many.  Norway which has a population of 5 million people has had zero police killings in 10 years. In 2014, only two shots were fired by the entire police force in Norway. Still, others will argue that Norway has a smaller population compared to Kenya’s 45 million people. Consider the United Kingdom (64 million people, from where we inherited our police force. Since the 1920s, police in the UK have caused less than 60 deaths. In fact, there is a Wikipedia page of people killed by police in the UK since 1920!! If we had to open a Wikipedia page for police killings in one year alone, it would be longer than the book of Deuteronomy.

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