On the morning of Thursday, 19th August 2021, residents of Kayole protested the killing of a 38 year-old man that happened the previous night.
Preliminary reports say that the man, John Kiiru, had boarded a bodaboda when police stopped them for flouting curfew rules. Police, however, attacked both him and the rider, who managed to escape. Kiiru unsuccessfully tried to flee on foot and was cornered by the police, who continued beating him up.
They then left him by the roadside with serious injuries, where he succumbed to his injuries.
According to his wife, the deceased was in contact with her that night, informing her of the beating he had received. There are also reports that he managed to send her the police car number plates.
His body was still lying by the roadside on Thursday morning and this angered residents. As police were arriving to take away the body, an altercation ensued, leading to protests.
The protests were, however, met with more force from the police.
Increasing Police Brutality
Cases of police brutality are not new. This latest incident comes in the wake of the unfortunate killing of the Kianjokoma brothers,who also died in police custody. The unfortunate killing of four young men in Kitengela also raised questions as to why young men are being killed.
However, Kenyans seem to have grown tired of the increasing cases of police brutality, with protests done both on the ground and on social media.
Kayole wame Stand Up ✊🏾
— Billy The GOAT (@_CrazyNairobian) August 19, 2021
John Kiiru ; Kayole Nairobi
A 38 year old man catching a motorbike after work at 10pm, to his house, police yanked him off the motorbike, beat him up to death. Yet another victim of police murders. When will it end, when will the CURFEW end???#EndCurfewNow pic.twitter.com/nt856IouvN
— #EndCurfewNow (@Onorpik) August 19, 2021
Revolution Will not Be Televised!
Kayole . pic.twitter.com/ZRlukRqSsF
— MR ADVOCATE KE🇰🇪 (@YouthAdvocateKe) August 19, 2021
We will not sit and hide our heads in the sand and pretend that it will be ok, police have turned to be our number one enemy. Stop killing us!!!😭😭 I stand with Kayole people. pic.twitter.com/Ykrd4ZfTHq
— Jovial (@Jovial_kenya) August 19, 2021
There have also been calls for the end of the nationwide night curfew with some questioning its effectiveness in curbing the pandemic. On Wednesday, 19th August, President Uhuru Kenyatta extended the curfew for a further 60 days.
The curfew is viewed by some as an excuse that law enforcers hide behind while using excessive force on citizens, and also as a way to prevent politicians from entering full-swing campaign mode.
Do you think the curfew should be lifted? What will it take for police brutality to end in Kenya?
Let us know in the comments and keep it C.O.K for updates on this developing story
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