Respect rights of suspects, police told

Police carrying the bodies of two suspects shot dead in Likoni photo/file

A section of civil society organizations in Mombasa have warned police against breaking the law when arresting suspects.

One nation under God Executive Director Mary Oyier said police are notorious for arresting innocent Kenyans and subjecting them to harassment.

According to Oyier, many Kenyans fear police officers because they are treated as criminals with little room for expressing themselves.

“Some of the suspected offenders falling in the hands of police officers are not necessarily criminals. Some are mistaken for criminals,” said Oyier.

Ms. Oyier, however, urged the government to set up a special squad to curb rising number of vices from hardcore criminals in the

She also warned of an emerging trend where youths are engaging in crime.

“Some of them are as young as 14 years old. These are children who are supposed to be in school,” she said.

 Ms. Oyier urged parents to guide their children on the right path to avoid problems with the law.