A video circulating on social media has raised eyebrows as it shows a non-uniformed Kenyan policeman killing an unarmed suspected gang member at point-blank range in the streets of Eastleigh in the capital Nairobi.
The incident was confirmed to have occurred last Friday when the police pursued wanted gang members for killing police officers last month.
The graphic video showed a wounded man on the ground being shot several times and another lying in a pool of blood before the public who were cordoned off the scene.
“I buried a corporal from Kayole yesterday. The same gangsters shot dead another officer yesterday. Tell all the gangsters out there that when they kill an officer I am ruthless and they will get it from me,” Nairobi Police Commander Japheth Koome told the media after the video circulated all over social media.
Kenyan authorities should ensure that security officers respect the rights of accused persons and uphold international standards on use of force.
The Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Monday called for an investigation into the killing while describing the statement by the Nairobi Police Commander as worrying.
“This is worrying because, as the most senior police officer in Nairobi, Koome will be key to accountability efforts and should be underscoring the importance of investigations and due process,” HRW said in a statement.
“Kenyan authorities should ensure that security officers respect the rights of accused persons and uphold international standards on use of force,” it added.
HRW welcomed a statement by the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Joseph Boinet who ordered for an investigation into the killings.
Kenyan police oversight agency, Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA), has commenced investigation into the killing.
Kenyans have expressed mixed reaction towards the incident with some supporting the violent clampdown on suspected criminals by the police while others described the incident as an extrajudicial killing.
This Eastleigh case puts me in a Dilemma. On one hand I think about the Law. On the other I imagine suppose I was the victim of the gang.— Reinhard Otieno (@rjakom) April 2, 2017
What the cop did in Eastleigh is wrong and should be condemned, we have laws for a reason. We are a civilised society guided by laws.— nicambala (@nicambala2) April 1, 2017
Those condemning the police on the Eastleigh incident, I pray you meet these gangsters very soon and experience what they do.— Elvis Papai (@papaielvis) April 1, 2017
Being sympathetic of the Eastleigh gang is wrong,they should be killed but wait until you meet them you'll know how dangerous they are— GEN.STAN KINYUA (@murimi_kinyua) April 1, 2017
Police in Eastleigh incident wasn't interested in exercising his powers to arrest. Wanted to display power.That's not what security is about— Wambui (@Waambui) April 1, 2017
#Eastleigh I can't believe people are sympathizing with criminals wait until they stub you to death cause of a stupid phone!— Becky Moraa (@BeckyMoraa_) April 1, 2017
If you have never been robbed at gunpoint shut up. Kudos to the Eastleigh cops my u live to kill another day.— nimo (@wkinyanjui) April 1, 2017
Until you're robbed, attacked by thugs you won't really understand why some of us are congratulating police officers in Eastleigh. Kudos!— Josamu™ (@Josamu254) April 1, 2017
Watch how the SuperPower Gang rob and maim Eastleigh Residents. pic.twitter.com/4xp0AVBIEO— Ahmed Mohamed (@asmali77) April 3, 2017
WARNING: Below is the graphic video of the killing. It might be disturbing.