- Police Public Affairs Director says stripped taxi driver assaulted police officer first
- He says taxi driver stripped himself in an attempt to escape arrest
- Says internal investigation is yet to be concluded
Internal police investigations has revealed that a taxi driver who was alleged to have been assaulted by an irate policeman for jumping a red light assaulted the policeman first.
According to Police Director of Public Affairs, Superintendent Cephas Arthur, preliminary inquiries regarding the incident where a taxi driver was allegedly stripped naked by an infuriated police man revealed that the taxi driver was at fault.
Superintendent Cephas Arthur related that the driver, Mr. Kwabena Danso, verbally assaulted the police officer, Mr. Gabriel Tabiri, and attempted to escape when the officer accosted him for jumping the red light.
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“Our preliminary investigations revealed that the taxi driver, when confronted for jumping the red traffic light at Palas Town junction, flared up and told the officer to ‘go way with his stupid issues’,” he said.
“The driver got down and gave his ignition key to his companion in the car and asked him to drive the car away. He (the policeman) held the driver’s pair of trousers by the waist, but the driver wrested himself free to escape by tearing it.”
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Officer Tabiri then grabbed hold of the driver's shirt, but the driver ripped that too in his attempt to make an escape. At this point the driver, Mr. Danso, became angered by the policeman's attempt to arrest him and grabbed the officer's had and threw it on the ground. He then jumped on to a motorbike and escaped.
But further commenting on the issue, Superintendent Cephas Arthur said the police service's investigation into the matter was yet to be concluded.
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