In the protests that followed the cobbler’s killing, two more residents were killed by the police.
Angry residents retaliated by burning a senior police officer’s house and engaging officers in running battles.
Lessos residents blocked police who were coming to pick the body of the cobbler lying on the road. The locals expressed frustration with officers demanding bribes as the County put in place measures to control Covid-19 pandemic.
A statement from the office of the Inspector General of Police accused the slain cobbler of carrying two pileon passengers, and boda boda riders of trying to snatch a rifle away from an officer. The statement further alleges that the police were followed by a mob back to their station.
Meanwhile, Governor Sang asked the Police Service Commission to thoroughly investigate the incident.
Sang refuted reports that wananchi had attempted to snatch a rifle from the police. He said that no police officer had been attacked by wananchi.
The County Government of Nandi has hired a legal team to work on getting justice for the families of three people who were killed in Thursday’s incident of police brutality.
Less than two years ago, a police officer from the same station shot and killed a citizen and was not prosecuted for the crime. Politicians in Nandi are calling for the prosecution of all police brutality incidents in the county.
Two more people were killed in Mosop Sub County, Nandi County a mere two months ago in another incident of police brutality.