Ochola Orders Officers to Take Photos of Mob Attack Victims to Combat Torture Accusations

The Inspector General of Police, Okoth Ochola, has issued a directive to all territorial police commanders and investigators to take photographs of all victims of mob justice.

The motive behind this is to safeguard the reputation of the police and to avoid being falsely accused of human rights violations by fraudsters. This was addressed during a press conference in Kampala by police spokesperson Fred Enanga.

The police have been accused in the past of torturing victims of mob justice, who later turn against the police and accuse them of causing injuries. Enanga condemned this behavior and stated that the IGP has given new orders to all territorial commanders to ensure that, before a case is registered or a person is charged, their photo is taken for record purposes.

This is essential as some of the rescued victims of mob justice are suspected criminals and may not be trustworthy, said Enanga. The whole process from rescue to treatment should also be recorded on video and still photographs to serve as proof in case of future accusations. Though the police force has been accused of human rights violations, it is now taking measures to prevent such false allegations by being proactive.

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