A Twitter posting by DCI has opened a floodgate of reactions from Kenyans on police brutality in what is seen as reactance to deal with rogue officers.
In the tweet, DCI said Darnella Frazier was only 17 years old when she witnessed a UK Police officer breaking the law.
Frazier took action by filming the then Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin, as he arrested George Floyd by placing his knee on Floyd’s neck.
Out of Darnella’s courage, Derek is now convicted for murder.
“DCI acknowledges that the unlawful actions of an errant law enforcement officer, may lead to untold suffering to victims,”DCI said.
“That’s why we encourage you to stand firm in pursuit of justice, by reporting crimes happening near you for action.”
Chauvin was convicted of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter in the deadly arrest of George Floyd, a milestone in the fraught racial history of the United States and a rebuke of law enforcement’s treatment of Black Americans.
The 12-member jury found Chauvin, 45, criminally liable in Floyd’s death last year after considering three weeks of testimony from 45 witnesses, including bystanders, police officials and medical experts. Jurors began their deliberations on Monday.
But the DCI comments were met with angry Kenyans who ‘crucified’ the Directorate for lack of action in its cases.
Some Kenyans shared pictures of police assaulting Kenyans while others questioned why Kenya was not having convictions in brutality cases.
@jakes_254 said “Babu Owino shot someone on Camera and nothing has been done to him… Floyd’s case has even been tried and determined while our courts are still dilly-dallying our justice system is rotten to the core.”
“JP and Oscar documented the NPS murders during the anti-Mungiki crackdowns. In the well captured (on video) 2008 Kondele shooting of Ismael Chacha and George Ouko, which police prosecutor changed the firearm serial number in the Edward Kirui Vs State matter, hence the acquittal?”@francisngira said.
Are you still investigating this incident despite CCTV camera footage ama hii pia ni Photoshop? Acheni kutubeba ufala Sana. Get these guys, arrest them and charge that’s when we shall trust you but as now game yenyu iko down tu sana. pic.twitter.com/KHCF1O4e5K
— Michael (@Michael57074377) April 24, 2021
This one is somewhere in the streets of Nairobi roaming freely, the victim who’s only crime was engaging in a protest has since buried. pic.twitter.com/5PZMKU6KhI
— Ouma vincent Shaddy (@vinnyoma) April 25, 2021
But when Kenyans film your Police officers breaking the law you retaliate by breaking their phones and clobbering them to near-death. Smh!
— Snitch😏 (@Kambarua) April 24, 2021
Since Kenya announced its first coronavirus case in March 2020, alleged instances of police brutality tied to the enforcement of virus containment measures have been well documented.
Rights groups have helped document at least 95 cases of killings they say were linked to police in 2020.
— Snitch😏 (@Kambarua) April 24, 2021
Police are just enemies to citizens,they are in persuit to frustrate and extort https://t.co/OmOEN64vzM human face.Change and address this.
— Bill Fidel. (@FiderisObare) April 25, 2021
😭 So emotional… am proud that you work even in the USA pic.twitter.com/CIFSZw4C01
— Leiyan 🇾🇹 (@LemayianLeiyan) April 24, 2021
Rights groups in the country filed a class suit on behalf of the victims of police killings and brutality witnessed during the Covid-19 period.
Amnesty International, IJM, HAKI Africa, and Kituo Cha Sheria says law enforcement officers meted violence and brutality on members of the public before curfew.
The respondents in the case are the Inspector General of Police, Interior CS, and the Attorney General who have been sued for failing to uphold their mandate while enforcing the curfew order.
I was behind bars for more than 10 hours….and I was to be charged with something different from what had happened…thank God you guys came through for me. If the video was not out I would still be in jail….
— sophie njeri (@njerisophie2) April 24, 2021
This is a banana republic at the mercy of mafia both political n corporation.But remember the aggregate damage done by this mafia for small glorification in form money is destroying the future of even your children. It’s a vicious cycle affecting everyone of us except the mafias
There is also this extra judicial execution that needs investigations https://t.co/mzuvAUNHvj
— ben (@14may125) April 25, 2021
In February 2018, local and international rights organizations, including Human Rights Watch, documented more than 100 cases of police killings of opposition protesters during the 2017 presidential elections.
In June 2016, Human Rights Watch found that at least five people died and 60 more were wounded by gunfire in the Nyanza region as police tried to obstruct two protests calling for reform and reconstitution of the electoral body.