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THE YOUNG CHILD: Police claim policies will be followed in future after further training.

“As a result of the investigation, the following action has been taken."

Four police officers who locked up a three year old child inside a police cell on the 26th of September, have been suspended.

This confirmation came from the Acting Assistant Police Commissioner, Misa Nafo’atoa Talaimanu last Friday ata press conference.

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“A proper message has already been made and an investigation into the case by the Professional Standards Unit of the Ministry of Police has been completed,” said Misa.

“As a result of the investigation, the following action has been taken.

“The four police officers involved have now been suspended as of today awaiting a hearing at the police tribunal on the 28th October.

“This matter was a sign of a lapse in the execution of police duties. Going forward from here, an emphasis has been placed on the execution of duties as per ministry policies and procedures.

“Further training will be carried out to enhance the professional capacities of the office to avoid such matters from occuring in the future.”

The story was published in this newspaper last month when the father of the three year old complained of how his son was locked up inside police cell for two hours.

“I told them, we come from a faraway place in Falealili and that’s where my son needs to go,” he said.

“The officer didn’t pay any attention to me and then he told the other police officers to take me together with my son inside the cell.”

With the cell door shut, the father said he cried.

The man said he contacted the Samoa Observer because he wanted to warn people about how brutal some Police officers have become.

“The law is the law,” he said, “but taking me and my son into a prison cell is something I will never forgive nor forget.”

 

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