Feb 22, 2016 News
Two families of Hosororo Village, Mabaruma, Region One have criticized members of the disciplined forces who raided their homes early yesterday morning, saying that the lawmen used excessive force and terrified their families.
They are also of the belief that the men from the security forces acted unprofessionally since they failed to produce search warrants. According to reports, police and soldiers were at the time in search of several men, one of whom had allegedly assaulted a cop at an entertainment event on Saturday at Kumaka, Region One.
In an interview with this publication, Hosororo resident Maylene (only name given) said that two policemen, one of whom was armed, visited her home early yesterday morning in search of her 25 year-old son Roger Simon. She said that the officers, who are attached to the Mabaruma Police Station, are claiming that her son was the one who assaulted the cop.
The mother recalled that it was around 05:00hrs, and she told them that son was not at home.
Maylene related that the men demanded that she open the door. “So I move the blind and peep through the window and asked the police what they want.”
The two officers asked to search Maylene’s home and she told them she had no problem with them doing so providing that they have a warrant. The woman said, “They (the officers) started to shake the door and I open it. An officer (name given) pushed me and walked into the house.”
She said that they searched her home and did not find her son.
However, the woman stressed that before the lawmen exited her yard they told her that she was lucky her son was not dead. They barefacedly exclaimed that they had the right to do what they did. According to her, the police went further into the village and arrested four other men after searching their homes.
Simon, a goldminer, eventually turned himself into police around 10: 00hrs, after his mother informed him that he was wanted. He is currently assisting with investigations.
Meanwhile, the home of another villager, 86 year-old Augustine Solomon was also searched. Police and soldiers went to his home in search of his grandson Dave Solomon. Solomon is said to be in his early thirties. The older Solomon is still unaware of the reason why his grandson was being sought despite the fact that the young man was taken into custody. Augustine Solomon recounted that he also got the surprise visit from the Disciplined Forces early yesterday morning. He stated that “they (the police and soldiers) came and rap on the door”. He added that they shouted “Dave, Dave” and subsequently barged into his grandson’s bedroom.”
“They slap him (his grandson) and told him get up, get up. You’re under arrest!” the elderly man related. Augustine said that his grandson complied but inquired on what basis he was being arrested. But according to him, his grandson never received a response.
Kaieteur news understands that the lawmen began seeking out the young men after they were engaged in a confrontation with a cop over a female villager.
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