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A Ghana Police officer (L) fights with a taxicab driver following a dispute between the two. Photo credit – Empress on the road

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In two separate videos making the rounds on social media, two different police officers are seen being punched, kicked, or yelled at in public.
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Recently, there has been an increase in attacks on members of the Ghana police force by some citizens.


In two separate videos making the rounds on social media, two different police officers are seen being punched, kicked, or yelled at in public.

 



In the first video, the officer in question is being assaulted outside a bus, his protective helmet rendered useless against the blows, while in the second video, a crowd of angered citizens gathers around the policeman, closing in on him while raising their voices.

Fortunately for the officer in the second video, there are many other police personnel there beyond the one, which prevents the situation from getting out of hand, and turning violent, as in the first.

While there were different motives behind the attacks: the video that took place in front of a bus was caused by a man resisting arrest, while the second was caused a group of angry students protesting recent changes to the teaching staff at the University of Education Winneba (UEW).

Regardless of their reasons though, their actions are inexcusable. As grown adults, in a society that is becoming increasingly intolerable towards violence - both physical and verbal - their actions were inappropriate and uncalled for.

The Ghana Police Service must stand up to the challenge and bring those involved to book before it gets out of hand.

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