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Police officer attacked by innocent young men for trying to confiscate their meal

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Police in the Kumawu area of the Ashanti Region have arrested five suspects who allegedly assaulted a police officer while he was performing his duty. According to reports, the incident happened on Friday, April 7, 2023. General Corporal Sylvester Berhene and two other policemen intercepted a Kia taxi cab with registration number AS 9504 – 19 at around 4:45 pm on the said day. The taxi cab had seven persons on board.

While Corporal Sylvester Berhene was conducting a search in the boot of the vehicle, some of the occupants became angry and pounced on him. They reportedly struggled with him and put him down on the ground. A video of that part of the incident has been shared on social media.

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Reports suggest that the fight with the policeman was a result of an attempt by the policeman to take the carcass of a rat from the young men. According to other reports, the young men were returning from a hunt and had the carcass in the boot of the taxi. They reportedly resisted the attempt by the police corporal to take away their meat, resulting in the confrontation.

The policeman is alleged to have fired a warning shot, which resulted in the youth pouncing on him in an attempt to prevent him from being able to fire more shots. The police surveillance team was contacted for reinforcement and when they arrived, the police managed to arrest three of the assailants namely Edward Boateng aged 20 years, Evans Addo aged 20 years, and Yaw Kusi aged 22 years. The others managed to escape but two of them were later arrested. The two have been named as Michael Owusu and Boateng Yaw, aged 28 and 20 years respectively. They were apprehended by the surveillance team, according to the police account.

The police officer who was assaulted sustained physical bodily injuries on his forehead and dislocation of the left knee. All five suspects arrested are in police custody. A copy of the police situation report (SITREP) seen by Graphic Online is however silent on the rat carcass and whether or not there was an attempt by the policeman to take it away from the youth.

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