Four Police officers charged with assault

By Deidre Tautua-Fanene 24 September 2017, 12:00AM

Four police officers have been charged with assault.

The charges were confirmed in a press release issued by the Samoa Police Service on is Facebook page.

“Four police officers have been charged with assault early this week,” the statement reads.

“The charges were the result of an internal investigation by the Police Professional Standards Unit in relation to an incident from last year. 

“The victims were both males ages 21 and 19.

“The officers have been remanded in liberty and will appear in court for mention on the 10th of October 2017.

“The S.P.S has a zero tolerance policy on this kind of behaviour from its officers and it is committed to ensure the public has confidence in its Police Service.”

According to a police officer who spoke to the Sunday Samoan on the condition of anonymity, the incident occurred last year in December.

“It was an incident in one of the villages within Faleata District where the police were contacted for help,” said the source.

“The said police officers responded to the call and when they arrived at the scene, they were attacked.

“They managed to arrest one of the people from the family and they took him to the station.

 “On the next day the family of this person visited him and when he (the accused) came out he had bruises all over his face. So the family laid a complaint against the police officers.”

According to the source it has been a while since the family laid a complaint.

“Last week the Professional Unit Standard confirmed the charges and the police officers are remanded in liberty.

They are scheduled to appear in court on 10 October 2017.

By Deidre Tautua-Fanene 24 September 2017, 12:00AM

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