Rights Group Releases Police Brutality Report 2015

first_imgRescue Alternative Liberia (RAL), a local human rights group, yesterday accused authorities of the Liberia National Police (LNP) of failing to address common human rights abuses and violations by officers.The RAL report, “Human Rights Situation Report 2015, Security Unprofessional Behavior” charges that careless internal investigations do not hold police officers accountable for abuse of power, and that criminal investigations rarely result.Held at the West Point Administrative Building in Monrovia, the launch was attended by LNP, UNMIL officers and community residents.According to RAL, the report is based on interviews with community leaders, residents, eyewitnesses, law enforcement officers and others over a period of one year. He said that during that period the interviews revealed several problems common to all of them such as unjustified shootings, severe beatings, extortion, mob justice, prisoners’ rights violations and other forms of brutal physical treatment.These abuses are violations of international human rights treaties, to which Liberia is bound, as well as domestic laws, the report also pointed out. Furthermore, the report says the abuses are a betrayal of the public who the officers are sworn to serve and protect.According to them, some of the cases of abuse and violation were forwarded to court while some were never addressed, thereby leaving the perpetrators (especially state security personnel) to go unpunished.At the launch, Kedar Poudyah, Rule and Law Advisor in UNMIL’s Human Rights Section, said “Police have a responsibility to protect human rights and not to intimidate people.”The UNMIL human rights advisor said the role of the police in the community is primarily to protect the rights of individuals and the society where he or she stays.“Police roles come from the law and they are not to harass, intimidate and violate the rights of people,” he said.They are there to help people and to ensure security in the community, he said.“If something happens in the community police are there to investigate, arrest and sometimes detain, but not to treat the accused wrongly,” RAL said.Earlier, RAL program Director, Sam M. Nimely, lauded the participants and called on the LNP to do more to protect human rights in the country, especially in the wake of the UNMIL drawdown.He said a strong relationship between the police and the community is the best way to create trust and confidence among the two groups.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Master’s team goes into turnaround

first_imgSANTA CLARITA – Things couldn’t get much worse than they were a season ago for The Master’s College men’s basketball team, which endured its share of struggles and finished 10th out of 11 teams in the Golden State Athletic Conference. A new coaching staff was put into place over the summer, five players return with added experience and four promising additions to the team have the Mustangs thinking a turnaround is coming sooner rather than later. “We’re anxious to get things started,” first-year coach Chuck Martin said. “I like the potential this group has.” Martin comes to the NAIA program with plenty of experience, having coached at the high school level in Alaska for 14 years before moving on to Liberty University in Texas for the past five. Isaiak Kottke, Eric Durso, Matt Sowa and Aaron Dixon are back as well and will be expected to provide leadership for newcomers Lucian Graham, Kalief Washington, Thomas Millar and Josh Herman, a Hart High of Newhall graduate. According to Martin, The Master’s has one more scholarship available and Jeremy Haggerty, from Canyon High of Canyon Country, could be a potential candidate. “I think we’re all excited,” Herman said. “We’ve been working hard and are going to do whatever it takes to get a chance to play and contribute.” The first official practice is in early October and the season begins in mid-November. In the meantime, there is work to be done and some of the players are voluntarily working out in the Mustangs’ gym. “I like what I’ve seen so far this summer,” Martin said. “There`s some potential here. “There’s a real fine line between winning and losing in college basketball and things didn’t work out last season. We’re going to do our best to improve and I think we have some kids here to make that happen.” [email protected] (818) 713-3607160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.Chris Connolly, also from Texas, is the lone assistant on Martin’s staff. “We expect the first year to be difficult at times but we also expect to make some big strides,” Martin said. “Our goal is to get into the upper half of the division and go from there.” If the Mustangs are to improve, the play of its returnees – Ryan Zamroz, in particular – will be key. The 6-foot-3 sophomore started at point guard last season and averaged 7.6 points and 2.3 assists per game. His primary role figures to be running the offense once again, though he might have to be more assertive considering the Mustangs lost their top three scorers from a season ago: Ryan Read, Giovanni St. Amant and Caleb Adcock, all of whom averaged more than 13 points per game. “(Zamroz) is capable of doing a lot of different things for us,” Martin said. “He’s very skilled.” last_img