A video emerged online on Wednesday, September 30, showing police officers seemingly shooting at protesters at close range.
The clip that went viral online, showed the protesters daring two officers dressed in police uniforms to kill them before gun shots are heard.
Speaking to Kenyans.co.ke, a correspondent disclosed that he received the clip from somebody based along Mai Mahiu - Narok Road which was rocked by demonstrations.
The protesters closed the road at Suswa for hours on Wednesday morning after a child reportedly died after falling into a drainage pit left open by a contractor.A police patrol cruiser pictured at the Shell area along Kangundo Road in Komarock. May 13, 2020.
The protesters came out to express their disaffection and demanded action be taken against the said contractor
It was, however, not clear whether the officers were using live bullets to disperse the crowd.
Kenyans.co.ke sought the opinion of an expert in the field on whether police officers were justified to shoot at protesters.
After watching the video, the officer from Wajir, who spoke on condition of anonymity, revealed that it was wrong for the officers to shoot directly at the people.
He explained that to disperse crowds, they were expected to shoot in the air save for under special circumstances, like where their lives are in danger, that they are allowed to maim their attackers, but not kill them.
"According to the law, unless a person has become rigid, and the life of the police officer or that of another person is in danger, and there is no otherwise, including trying to convince the attackers, you should maim, don't shoot to kill.
"The police are also expected to shoot in the air. No one one is allowed to kill," he stated.
The officer also pointed out that proper investigations should be carried out on individual incidences noting that police impersonators had become rampant tainting the name.
It is not yet clear whether anyone was injured from the incident.
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