Police Requests US Based Law Enforcement Experts -To Probe Protest at Bea Mountain

By Stephen G. Fellajuah

MONROVIA: The Inspector General of the Liberia National Police Col. Gregory Coleman has admitted the discharge of firearm by officers of the police during workers’ protest at the Bea Mountain Mining Company in Grand Cape Mount County, and informed the journalist that the LNP has requested the Association of Liberian Law Enforcement Professionals in the United States of America to take a second review of the use of force mandate of the police as it relates the incident that reportedly led to the death of two Citizens.

“We have asked the Association of Liberian Law Enforcement Professionals in the United States to also take a second review of our use of force policy, especially in this incident as it relates to the death of two of our Citizens”, Col. Coleman said.

Col. Coleman stated the LNP will be releasing the findings to the public, stressing that the process will be very open and transparent.

He confirmed the discharge of live bullets by officers of the Liberian National Police in the long standing protests against the operation of commercial gold mining company, the Bea Mountain Mining Corporation (BMMC), which resulted in the death of two persons and another from clashes between community members. The Inspector General of the LNP spoke at a major press conference Saturday, March 2, 2024 at the headquarters of the Liberia National Police in Monrovia.

“Yes, the LNP did discharge live rounds on the scene. Live rounds were discharged. If you look at the video released, the police exercise maximum restraint, they didn’t reach to the point of using live rounds until there was a threat, danger and fear of attacks from protesters by the officers before reaching that point”, he said.

According to him, officers were on the line crying after they had used all the non-lethal weapons, and he placed phone calls to the senator and leader of the county appealing to them to talk to the protesters to back-off because the officers were out of non-lethal weapons.

But their leader failed to communicate with them and so the police discharged live bullets after the protest began by burning down the police station and engaging in other violence acts at which point the police officers discharged live bullets and used whatever they had, Col. Coleman explained .

He further indicated that wounds on the two deceased are consistent with the weapon,  and ammunition that police officers use which gave the indication that the round could be the round of police officers involved in the Kinjor issues.

Col. Coleman disclosed that a shooting team had been set-up, investigation is ongoing, saying that transparency comes and starts from within.

The police IG reiterated that it was evident that firearms were discharged and implores anyone contending otherwise to go to the JFK and see the wounds on the body, or even get the medical death report which he noted can justify such.

Col. Coleman pointed out that just as he is honest about the use of firearms and the wounds on the bodies, also, he is equally honest to say that there are protesters in the video footage who had single barrel guns and one person was seen recharging with a round.

“The actual death in Kinjor, Grand Cape Mount County is three but two of those three are associated with the riot while the others are between two members from the community when the other stabbed his friend. That person is in police custody as well. We are investigating the policy on the use of force by the Liberia National Police” IG Coleman stated.

Commenting on a question asked where the officers took instructions before discharging live bullets, he further lamented that, the police officers don’t need orders to discharge live bullets if their lives are being threatened.

“Before officers are given firearms, they are trained on the usage. They are also drilled on the use of force policy. They don’t need to call someone before discharging live bullets because they are trained to that as to which point they should,” he asserted, saying that they are trained to proportionality of force”.

He spoke of the arrest of twenty three persons, three females and twenty males who are undergoing investigation by the LNP at its headquarter in Monrovia, as he noted that of the nine police officers who were wounded, seven had been discharged, while two are still undergoing treatment at the John F. Kennedy Medical Center.

At the same time, IG Coleman has also said that they have released video footage from the Grand Cape Mount and Caldwell scenes for the public to help with information from these areas, where deadly protests and a deadly anti-power theft situation have occurred.

Meanwhile, IG Coleman assured that order has been restored to Kinjor, Grand Cape Mount County as there has been some sense of quietude, which the police authorities are still observing.

There are other issues in the communities that LNP is still concerned about between different community members who feel that they have been disenfranchised by other communities, Inspector General Coleman asserted.

34 Comments
  1. Fitspresso says

    I just could not depart your web site prior to suggesting that I really loved the usual info an individual supply in your visitors Is gonna be back regularly to check up on new posts

  2. Fitspresso Reviews says

    I just could not depart your web site prior to suggesting that I really loved the usual info an individual supply in your visitors Is gonna be back regularly to check up on new posts

  3. Anita Sims says

    I was suggested this web site by my cousin. I’m not sure whether this post is written by him as no one else know such detailed about my trouble. You are incredible! Thanks!

  4. sumatra slim belly tonic says

    Your posts always provide me with a new perspective and encourage me to look at things differently Thank you for broadening my horizons

  5. Fitspresso reviews says

    I delight in, lead to I found just what I used to be looking for.
    You’ve ended my 4 day lengthy hunt! God Bless you man. Have a great day.
    Bye

  6. vendstaculotte says

    My partner and I stumbled over here by a different web page and thought I might
    as well check things out. I like what I see so now i’m following
    you. Look forward to exploring your web page repeatedly.

  7. get free cam tokens says

    Do you mind if I quote a couple of your posts as long as I provide credit and
    sources back to your blog? My blog is in the exact same niche as yours and my visitors would genuinely benefit
    from a lot of the information you present here. Please let me
    know if this ok with you. Thanks!

  8. pinjaman says

    Article writing is also a excitement, if you be acquainted with afterward you can write otherwise it is
    difficult to write.

  9. advancing your career says

    Hi there, I would like to subscribe for this weblog to
    get hottest updates, thus where can i do it please assist.

  10. qanon conspiracy theories list says

    I do trust all of the ideas you’ve offered for your post.
    They are very convincing and will definitely work. Nonetheless,
    the posts are very brief for newbies. May just you please prolong them a bit from next time?

    Thank you for the post.

  11. bento188 says

    This paragraph will assist the internet users for setting up new website or even a blog from start to end.

  12. electric fence contractor says

    Wonderful blog! Do you have any helpful hints for aspiring writers?
    I’m hoping to start my own blog soon but I’m a little lost on everything.
    Would you advise starting with a free platform like WordPress or go
    for a paid option? There are so many options out there that I’m totally confused ..
    Any suggestions? Thanks a lot!

  13. Slot77 says

    Hey I know this is off topic but I was wondering
    if you knew of any widgets I could add to my blog that
    automatically tweet my newest twitter updates.
    I’ve been looking for a plug-in like this for quite some
    time and was hoping maybe you would have some experience with
    something like this. Please let me know if you run into
    anything. I truly enjoy reading your blog and I look forward to your new updates.

  14. singapore gst says

    Do you have a spam issue on this site; I also
    am a blogger, and I was wanting to know your situation; we
    have created some nice procedures and we are looking to trade methods with others,
    be sure to shoot me an e-mail if interested.

  15. Westlake Village says

    of course like your web-site however you have to
    take a look at the spelling on quite a few of your posts. Many
    of them are rife with spelling problems and I to find it
    very bothersome to tell the truth then again I’ll certainly come
    again again.

  16. rental genset pekanbaru says

    Pretty section of content. I just stumbled upon your web site and in accession capital to assert that I get actually enjoyed account your blog posts.
    Any way I will be subscribing to your feeds and even I achievement you access consistently rapidly.

  17. turn disposables says

    Definitely believe that which you said. Your favorite justification appeared to be on the net the easiest
    thing to be aware of. I say to you, I certainly get annoyed while people think
    about worries that they plainly don’t know about.

    You managed to hit the nail upon the top as well as defined out the whole thing without having side-effects ,
    people can take a signal. Will probably be back to get more.
    Thanks

  18. hafizakartci.com says

    Currently it seems like Expression Engine is the preferred blogging platform out there right now.
    (from what I’ve read) Is that what you’re using
    on your blog?

  19. bể cá says

    I like the valuable info you provide in your articles.

    I’ll bookmark your blog and check again here frequently.
    I’m quite sure I’ll learn many new stuff right here! Good luck for the next!

  20. compras online portugal says

    Just desire to say your article is as amazing. The clarity
    in your post is just spectacular and i can assume you are an expert on this subject.

    Fine with your permission allow me to grab your RSS
    feed to keep updated with forthcoming post. Thanks a million and
    please carry on the enjoyable work.

  21. slimguard review says

    It’s perfect time to make some plans for the future and it’s time to be happy.
    I have learn this put up and if I may I desire to counsel you few interesting issues or
    advice. Maybe you can write next articles regarding
    this article. I desire to learn more issues approximately
    it!

  22. Thank you a lot for sharing this with all people you really realize what you’re speaking approximately!
    Bookmarked. Please additionally consult with my site =).
    We will have a hyperlink exchange contract between us

  23. puravive says

    Your posts always provide me with a new perspective and encourage me to look at things differently Thank you for broadening my horizons

  24. pennis enlarge cream says

    We’re a group of volunteers and opening a new scheme in our community.

    Your website provided us with valuable information to work on. You’ve done an impressive job and our entire community will be thankful to you.

  25. koh says

    Thank you for another informative site. The place else could I am getting that type of information written in such a
    perfect approach? I have a venture that I’m just now working on, and I’ve been at the glance out for such information.

  26. agencias de modelos says

    Awesome site you have here but I was curious about
    if you knew of any message boards that cover the same topics discussed in this article?
    I’d really like to be a part of online community where
    I can get comments from other knowledgeable individuals that share the same interest.
    If you have any suggestions, please let me know. Thanks!

  27. alpilean says

    Your posts always provide me with a new perspective and encourage me to look at things differently Thank you for broadening my horizons

  28. pay salary says

    Wow that was odd. I just wrote an incredibly long comment
    but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t appear. Grrrr…
    well I’m not writing all that over again. Anyhow, just
    wanted to say great blog!

  29. appareil lipocavitation says

    Great beat ! I would like to apprentice while you amend your site, how could i subscribe for a blog website?

    The account aided me a acceptable deal. I have been tiny bit acquainted of this your broadcast provided vibrant transparent concept

  30. composite decking says

    I really like reading through a post that can make men and women think.

    Also, thank you for allowing me to comment!

  31. flow force max purchase says

    Hi there, just wanted to mention, I liked this blog post. It was practical.
    Keep on posting!

  32. ikaria lean belly juice says

    Your posts always provide me with a new perspective and encourage me to look at things differently Thank you for broadening my horizons

  33. Beli viagra murah says

    What a stuff of un-ambiguity and preserveness of precious know-how concerning unexpected emotions.

  34. water restoration services says

    Quality posts is the key to invite the viewers to pay a quick visit the web page, that’s what
    this web site is providing.

Comments are closed.