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‘Young and erratic officers’ blamed for Kenyan police violence

Junior officers are to blame for incidents of alleged police brutality, the Kenyan police spokesperson has said.

“Some of these police officers are very young, they can easily get drunk with the little power they have and do very wrong things,” Charles Owino told a local TV station.

He added that action would be taken against those found to have broken the law.

Kenya’s Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) said in a statement that 15 people have been killed and 31 injured since Kenya heightened security measures to curb the spread of coronavirus on 25 March.

IPOA said it had received 87 complaints from the public, including assaults resulting in serious injuries, robbery, inhuman treatment and sexual assault.

Kenya has reported just over 2,000 coronavirus cases and 71 deaths from the virus.

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