The Ashanti Regional police commander, DCOP Nathan Kofi Boakye, has threatened to call in the army to quell rioting at Krofrom in the Ashanti Region.
Violence erupted this morning after an autopsy report exonerated three police officials who were accused of torturing a 22-year-old man to death in the area.
The autopsy report, which was issued by pathologists at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, said Richmond Osei died of congestive heart failure – suggesting that he died of natural causes.
The report has angered the youth in the area, who went after police officials and burnt tyres in the streets.
They also blocked the airport-Krofrom highway, according to a report by Kumasi-based Ultimate FM.
Speaking on the development on Accra-based Peace FM, COP Kofi Boakye said although he sympathised with the family of the deceased, there was no basis for the riots.
According to him, two members of Richmond's family were present when the autopsy was conducted, adding that there was no foul play or cover-up on the part of the police.
He said even the police officials accused of beating the young man to death were still locked up in police cells.
COP Boakye said if the youth were unconvinced by the autopsy report, they should commission another pathologist to conduct another one instead of burning tyres on the streets.
He said he had already warned the rampaging youth that the police would use every force at their disposal to crush the violence.
COP Boakye said if the police failed to quell the riots, they would call in the army to assist.
"...I am a Krofrom boy so I’m cautioning them not to listen to those inciting them to riot, the police will descend on them with brutish force. If we fail to achieve the desired results, we will call in the army."
Reports say Richmond was arrested by the police last week on suspicion that he was a criminal.
Three police officials reportedly assaulted the victim with batons and dragged him on the streets till he became unconscious.
He was later bundled into a police van and sent to the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital for treatment, but was pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital, according to the reports.
Richmond’s death sparked outrage, with youth in the area taking to the streets in a violent protest last Friday.