LNP probed 13 Officers Over Kingsville Shooting, As Lofa County Senator Steve Zargo Wants Civilians On Investigation Panel
Abraham Toomey, the boy who was shot when Police reportedly opened fire to disperse protesters in Kingsville on Monday has finally died at the Duside Hospital in Margibi County.
The citizens were protesting to draw government’s attention to the suspected ritual killing of two children.
The kids 9 and 10, mysterious disappeared and were later discovered dead with body parts extracted.
The citizens said they were moved to protest because of persistent delay by the Police to conclude an investigation into the matter.
Eyewitnesses told The Monrovia Times that 17 years old Abraham Toomey was sitting by the roadside roasting corn to sell when a police bullet struck him as he apparently attempted to run away from the confrontation between police and protesters.
One other person, who was allegedly fired in the leg is still in the hospital.
Police spokesman Moses Carter The Monrovia Times that Thirteen Police officers are being investigated in connection with the incident.
Although Carter did not say when the investigation will be concluded, he assured that officers held liable for the incident will be dealt with in keeping with the law.
Meanwhile, Lofa County Senator Steve Zargo has said the shooting incident in Kingsville that led to one person dead and two others seriously wounded should not be investigated by the police alone.
Police authorities are investigating some officers, who reportedly discharged life bullets among a group of Kingsville residents who during the weekend set up roadblocks, demanding justice into the death of two kids in the area.
But Senator Zargo wants the team of investigators to include both police and non -police officers.
He said that the new police Act precludes the Liberia National Police from investigating itself once its reputation is being questioned.
According to him, the new Act calls for the setting up of a Civilian Complaint Commission that is charged with the responsibility of investigating complaints against police.