A Kenyan protester, who was filmed being beaten by police in Nairobi on Monday, and whose video had gone viral since it was tweeted online, has died.
The man who has been identified in an unconfirmed report as Ben Ngari died from his injuries in the wee hours of Tuesday, May 17. The anti-riot police have been accused of curb-stomping him with kicks, leading to his death.
In the picture published online, the anti-riot police could be seen brutally clobbering on the young man in green as his head rested on a pedestrian walkway.
While he was being kicked, the young man remained unconscious as a police officer stomped on him with strong combat boots.
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His death has become the subject of discussion across the world with the brutality in which rioters were handled being questioned. The National Commission on Human Rights among others have condemned the use of excessive force by the police during the protest.
Twitter users nationwide have been using the hashtag #StopPoliceBrutality to weigh in on Monday’s protests. Police chief has ordered an internal investigation within the police force, after several footages and picture showed the salvaging beating on the protesters.
Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet said action will be taken against any officers found guilty of using excessive force, while also slamming the protesters.
“I condemn the lawlessness visited on the public by rioters yesterday and an internal inquiry is underway to determine whether any police officer broke any law while quelling the riots”.
Apart from the unnamed man, scores of other protesters were injured after the riot on Monday, during which policemen used clubs, tear gas and water canons to disperse the protesters outside the offices of the electoral body.
Meanwhile, about 15 of those arrested on Monday have been charged with participating in an illegal protest, and a breach of the peace. The defendants pleaded guilty to participating in the illegal protest, but denied all the other charges.
In the past three weeks protesters, led by opposition leaders, have been holding demonstrations on Mondays to demand the removal of the body’s commissioners. The opposition has said the electoral officials are corrupt and has called for them to be sacked as part of of reforms ahead of the 2017 elections.
Kenya’s minister for internal security and the city’s chief of police had warned that there would be consequences if Monday’s protests went ahead.
While the protesters say the violence was unprovoked, police on the other hand argue that there was a lot of looting and stone throwing on non-protesters.
Here Are Some Pictures Depicting The Level Of Brutality That Was Seen Yesterday