Force clarifies use of pepper spray on man after video on social media claims of Police brutality.
Screenshot taken from an online video of the claimed assault. Photo:Facebook
The Fiji Police Force has clarified that their officers had used standard procedures for the use of pepper spray on a man resisting arrest at a service station in Nausori Town.
Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro, while responding to a video that went viral on social media claiming that Police were abusing their authority, said the officers had followed all necessary operating procedure for using it on Thursday.
Police officers in Nausori were conducting operational duties, together with the Land Transport Authority at that time.
“The gentleman was asked to handover his car keys as his vehicles wheel tax was expired. He allegedly refused to do so and, in the process, tried to assault Police officers,” she said.
“Despite being asked repeatedly to handover the keys he refused. Bystanders came to his aid, thinking that Police were abusing their powers when in fact they were just doing their job.
“Our Police officers have undergone training and we have a standard operating procedure for the use of pepper spray.
Again, Police are warning motorists to abide by traffic regulations in place.
The 85-year-old man was also taken in for questioning.
Edited by Naisa Koroi
Published at Sat, 07 Dec 2019 15:50:00 +0000