Police all over Africa often use violent and even lethal force on unarmed civilians. There’s a general distrust of police across the African continent. The ongoing conversation about the way police in the United States treat black people has opened a similar conversation in Africa. For many Africans, the fear of dying at the hands of a police officer reasonates.
There are no concrete numbers to make solid comparisons on but there are visible patterns:
– In Nigeria, human rights groups have documented numerous cases of forced disappearances and torture.
– In South Africa, the police watchdog registered 42-thousand complaints between 2012 and 2019 – including accusations of rape, torture and murder.
– In Kenya police have already killed around 100 people this year. Many other civilians have been killed in extrajudicial killings over the years.
– In Zimbabwe, police are known for their brutality, especially when citizens show dissent against the government
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