YAUND – Cameroonian officials say attacks on police officers by civilians have increased. In Cameroon, citizens have ridiculed and beaten police in response to alleged brutality and corruption in videos shared on social media.
Paul Atanga Ng, the regional administration minister in charge of civil protection, said videos of at least 15 civilians rejecting police orders and attacking officers had been shared on social media platforms in the past two weeks.
NG said police have confirmed that his officers were the victims in the video.
In some cases, he said, police have been subjected to insults, with batteries and other types of assaults being inferred from citizens.
This irresponsible behavior towards the police is unacceptable, “NG said.” It should be understood that the police are at the service of everyone under the honorable direction of the head of state [Cameroon’s President] Paul Biya. No person, regardless of his social status, has the right to insult a police officer on duty for any reason.
In one video, a driver refuses a police claim to search his car, hits a police officer and then drives him through his car, while some eyewitnesses applaud.
Another video shows a civilian carrying a police officer on his shoulder before being thrown into the back of a truck.
Ordinary people are thought to be taking revenge for police brutality or corruption.
NG said if civilians have any allegations, they should send a complaint of alleged police misconduct to the police chief, who can take disciplinary action.
However, human rights lawyer Christopher Endong said that when news of police brutality and corruption is received, the government and senior police officials do not investigate.
He added that the police often beat people, make some abusive arrests and extort bribes from innocent civilians.
“There’s no adult Cameroonian that wouldn’t tell you the exaggeration of a policeman,” Endong said. “You have a complete document, a policeman says you are wrong. You must pay 500 [Francs (XAF) or $1 as a bribe]. You have [car] If the documents are incorrect, the police will not seize the car as per the law. A policeman would ask a man to pay a fine set by him and the state would sit and watch. You can see that he is making great money and he does it with pride because they are [police] There are guns. “
Police officials denied the allegations, saying most Cameroonian officials were not corrupt, or did not take part in civilian torture.