Man who was dramatically arrested in Mathare claimed his child needed help!!


“My child has been tear gassed and you are arresting me?”

Courtesy Al jazeera

By Bilha Nabwire

A Middle  aged  Kenyan who was dramatically arrested  by  a plain cloth  police officer at Mathare  area on Wednesday  during the anti-government demonstrations, is purported to have  confronted  the officers  for lobbing  a teargas canister at his house.


The yet to be identified  Kenyan was criticising the police officers for  lobbing teargas at his house  where his children were  taking shelter before  he was shoved  into a police  vehicle.


A video posted by Africa uncensored on twitter, reveals the man confronting the officers from a distance, saying he was in the house when the teargas was hurled.


“My child has been tear gassed and you are arresting me?” I don’t have any weapon to harm anyone, I came out to ask you to stop lobbing teargas inside our houses, and you are endangering the lives of our children” The man shouted.


The Africa uncensored footage captured the police officer in plainclothes coming from behind a battery of Journalists to capture the young man before fellow police officers in  uniform joined in restraining him.


In the footage police officers are seen twisting the man’s arm while forcing him onto the police truck.


“Get onto the truck, very fast; you thought you were a man?” One of the police officer was heard saying”


A section of  Human right defenders including  Haki Africa and the Media Council of Kenya through the CEO David Omwoyo have expressed concerns in the manner  in which the plain cloth police  officer acted at the  detriment of other Journalists .


“Camouflaging as a journalist by the police officer is unprofessional misconduct on the part of the police as it poses a threat to the lives of journalists in the line of duty” Omwoyo opined.


Omwoyo has further challenged  the  police officers to  desist from  arresting and detaining members of the press covering the ongoing anti-government  protests.

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