Tuesday 20 July 2020
Acting NCD Metropolitan Superintendent Christopher Tamari today commended members of NCD Police for defusing tensions at 6 -Mile, on Sunday after some disgruntled settlers placed the corpse of a deceased crime suspect at the 6 mile roundabout connecting the city and Magi highway.
The settlers claimed the suspect who was among three others arrested for armed robbery last Wednesday died on Saturday at the hospital after he was beaten by police.
Supt Tamari said the deceased was arrested for armed robbery, detained at 6 Mile police station with three of his accomplices but was later taken to the hospital and died.
The Police responded to a car robbery and picked up three suspects including the deceased while three others fled and are still at large.
The Saint John Ambulance workers were called into the 6 Mile Police Station to transport the injured suspect to the hospital on Friday but died the next day,
Aggrieved over this incident the relatives took the corpse and placed it at the roundabout on Sunday and demanded for the police management to address their grievances.
The situation turned rowdy when the crowd began pelting police with projectiles and gun shots were fired into the air to disperse the rowdy mob.
“No casualties were reported but we are now closely monitoring the affected communities and we hope they will not mobilize themselves again and disrupt peace and good order within the city. We will not allow hooligans and opportunists to take advantage of this situation to destroy and loot shops within the city.
“I am appealing to those affected communities to address their grievances through the appropriate and established systems and protocols instead of resorting to violence,” Mr Tamari said.
The acting Metsup commended his members for effectively arresting the three suspects and for exercising caution and restraint while confronting the angry mob on Sunday.
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