Inspector general of police Japhet Koome on Tuesday 4th April gave his address on the police officer who was caught on camera firing teargas inside Azimio media vehicle with journalists during the demonstrations witnessed on Thursday 30th March 2023.
Speaking at the Kenya School of Government, where the interviews for the new deputy inspector general of police are ongoing, the police boss said that investigations regarding an officer who was captured on camera breaking, smashing and firing teargas into the vehicle during a protest on Thursday last week are underway.
Like any other Kenyan, Koome said the officer, will be probed in accordance with the law and if found guilty of any charges, the officer will be no exception as the law will take its course.
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The IG, while apologizing to the journalists who sustained injuries inflicted by police while covering protests, defended the police service saying the actions were not intentional but accidental.
Koome has however assured the journalists of a peaceful coexistence between the police and the media under his leadership, to promote the common goal of serving Kenyans without any conflict.
The incident exited mixed reactions and sharp criticisms pointing fingers at the security officers for using excessive force on journalist barring them from independently delivering their duties.
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