The video is making rounds on social of a police officer physically assaulting a woman nursing a child. According to the scanty information to the act, the woman tried to make a withdrawal of GHc 250 from a financial guarded by the officer. What ensued, was the evidence on video.
As every well-meaning person should say, this was a despicable thing. Voices have taken to social media to register their disgust at what they saw.
But when the noise is over and the crowd goes home, what happens? We should not even wonder whether the officer, identified as Frederick Amanor, still has a job as an officer.
But in all sincerity, this is Ghana. Too often we are angered but not quite what it takes to change our situation. This has pushed us at YEN.com.gh to tell you why you should not expect things to change drastically with the police service even after this latest incident.
1. We will hear that Amanor is only one bad apple among many
The public relations office of the police service would be looking to manage the matter. We will be told that these kinds of abuse from officers is totally rare.
They will try to single Frederick Amanor as the one to blame. And because of this, Ghanaians will fail to see that what happened on Friday is a symptom of a structural problem.
Ghanaians will then be looking for the Police Intelligence and Professional Standards (PIPS) to deal with a single officer. We will not be asking for a complete look at personnel issues at the service.
2. Some Ghanaians will ask "what did she do for him to react?"
Another of the reasons that nothing will change is because there will be enough people to ask how a police officer was pushed to beating a nursing mother like that.
The burden of proof will be thrown at the feet of a woman with a baby to show why she should not have been beaten by a police officer.
Unfortunately, this stems out of an issue of misogyny we are too afraid to discuss.
3. There will be no consistent hunger from the people to have things changed
We are in the age of social media outrage. The authorities in the state are familiar with that and they know this will die soon.
The powers that be know that the concern being shown on social media will not last long. They are just waiting for the next headline-worthy scandal.
And that is how this poor woman and many other will become statistics in this abuse of power that has been going on for so long.
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