Despite a complain of allegedact of brutality filed with the Independent National Commission of Human Rights (INCHR) against Police Chief Sudue and his deputies, Cllr. Martin contended that the police officers were executing their duty, and therefore, they will not undergo any probe whatsoever.
He pointed out that the officers have a duty to ensure straight adherence to spelled out protocols by President George Manneh Weah and health authorities in the country, and as such, they can’t be held liable for the execution of that duty.
It can be recalled that on April 28, 2020, a businesswoman identified as Siah Johnson-Dweh, a sister to Cllr. Arthur Johnson, a prominent Liberian lawyer, was allegedly flogged by six officers of the LNP.
Subsequently, on April 29, 2020 Madam Siah Johnson-Dweh filed a formal complaint with the INCHR against the senior members of the LNP over allegation of cruelty, torture and inhumane treatment coupled with police brutality and abuses.
Madam Johnson-Dweh, in her communication addressed to Atty. Bartholomew Colley, Acting Chairman for INCHR, pleaded with that body to conduct an investigation into allegation of human rights abuse meted against her by six officers of LNP to include two female officers: Assistant Director of Police for Operations (U-105) and Police Director Patrick Sudue.
She recalled that on April 28, 2020, while on her way to Waterside on board a “Kekeh” with other passengers, they were stopped and asked out of the “kekeh” by the officers on grounds that they weren’t wearing facial mask.
She said that she told the officers that she forgot her mask in her bag.
According to her, a female officer of the Police Support Unit (PSU) identified as Kemah Binds allegedly inflicted serious bodily injuries on her body and made away with unspecific amount of cash.
Based upon this, the complainant through her lawyers called on the INCHR to recommend appropriate sanction against the LNP executives as a matter of law and in line with the Commission’s statutory authority.
However, on the heel of this request, Cllr. Martin vowed to resist the complaint, asserting that the act allegedly committed was done on duty.
But he fell short to state in what way he would resist the complaint.