Friday, September 13, 2013
Do not expand police powers, urges rights group
- The proposed amendments could exacerbate worrying patterns of police abuse and extrajudicial killings, and jeopardize the long-awaited police reforms, Human Rights Watch said.
- The amendments seek to expand the legal use of firearms to include protecting property and preventing someone charged with a serious crime from escaping lawful custody.
- The Kenyan police have regularly been implicated in extrajudicial killings and other serious abuses prior to the 2007-2008 post-election violence.
- The amendments also enhance the influence of the president and cabinet secretary for Interior and National Coordination over the police and the commission.