Cop’s behaviour under the gun

By Ilia L. Likou ,

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The investigation follows a complaint lodged by a family in Nu’u, who claimed that he trespassed on their property.

The investigation follows a complaint lodged by a family in Nu’u, who claimed that he trespassed on their property. (Photo: Samoa Observer)

The behaviour of a Police officer has been referred to the Police Professional Standards Unit (P.S.U.) for an investigation. This was confirmed by Police Superintendent and Media Spokesperson, Auapaau Logoitino Filipo. 

The investigation follows a complaint lodged by a family in Nu’u, who claimed that he trespassed on their property.

A family member, who goes by the name Sarah, told the Samoa Observer that Police officer visited their house Friday last week. 

He was after one of their female relatives. Sarah said the girl’s father instructed him never to come near his daughter again. She claimed the officer was drunk.

He allegedly removed a light bulb and stood there in the dark.

 “It was one 1am while the young lady’s brother was lying down using Facebook when the lights suddenly went out,” Sarah said. “He got up only to find that the bulb had been removed from its socket and was surprised to notice the officer there."

 “He was told to leave because he shouldn’t be there at that time of the morning.”

“The young lady’s brother thought that he left, but was surprised to find him again standing by the closet in the corner of the house where the alleged victim’s room is located." 

“A chase soon followed and police were called many times.”

Sarah claimed that despite being chased off the property, the officer kept calling out the young lady’s name and to come out of the house.

 “One of our relatives informed the Police of the directions to our place that night, but they didn’t know where it was, it’s as if our family’s house was somewhere in America."

“When they (police) were contacted again, they told the caller from the family that they could not find the road to their location.”

Sarah said the family waited, but there was still no Police team.

 “The Police told our family that the hard thing is that they didn’t know the area, that’s laziness and a dishonest response from police. Imagine if someone got killed."

“The Police should study the places at Nu’u and Vaitele-Fou because I believe that’s where most incidents happen, especially during the weekends."

 “It’s just not right, trespassing in someone’s home in the middle of the night and behaving badly is something that we cannot ignore these days."

“He has a wife and now he’s trying to get this young lady to be part of his problem is not a good idea.”

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