A video clip circulating on social media of a drunk, armed and uniformed police officer harassing innocent members of the public in Laikipia reached the new Police Spokesperson Bruno Shioso yesterday.
Immediately, he published a statement concerning the incident; terming the behavior as criminal and irresponsible. The officer in question was wearing Administration Police (AP) unit uniform while wielding an AK-47 rifle in Majengo area of Laikipia County.
Shioso confirmed that the matter was under investigation under the leadership of Laikipia County Police Commander and action will be taken on the said officer.
“Such irresponsible and criminal behavior has no place within the National Police Service (NPS),” read the statement in part.
The residents are heard, in the 45-second clip, confronting the officer for harassing citizens on claims that he was investigating bhang dealers.
“You have come to harass citizens. What evidence do you have that people are selling bhang here? You come while drunk,” stated a woman.
The officer attempted to engage the residents before walking away later as they threatened to take action against him.
Most police officers are battling alcoholism and depression hence the need for more mental health awareness in the services.