Garden compound residents riot after man dies in police custody

13 Nov

Garden compound residents demolish a police post in Lusaka - Picture by Collins Phiri

FURIOUS residents in Lusaka’s Garden compound yesterday demolished a police post and burnt vehicles in protest against a suspected case of police brutality in which a man died.

They went on the rampage after police officers allegedly beat a man to death for “loitering” on Thursday night.

According to a source, the deceased’s family members went to Garden police post to check on their relative who had been picked up the previous night, but could not find him.

The source said police attempted to bribe relatives who demanded to know the whereabouts of the man with K100,000.

The relatives later discovered the body of the deceased at the police post with a deep cut on the head.

Police spokesperson Ndandula Siamano could not give details of the incident but said senior officers had been sent to investigate.

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