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Whither the Police Force?

Our law enforcement system plays a crucial role in upholding our democratic institutions by promoting effectiveness and fairness; failure to do so will compromise our democracy

By Sada Reddi

By now every newspaper has chided the way the police handled the protests of last week. For many, the scuffle that broke out was not inevitable. Why a protest with a symbolic burning of tyres can result in a disproportionate use of force and provoke similar protests in other places requires some explanation. It is therefore necessary to probe further the issue for a better understanding.

“The recent incidents at Plaine Magnien, Vacoas, Camp Diable and Camp Levieux demonstrate that at times the police appear hard-pressed to make judicious decisions that would avoid making mountains out of molehills. Why on earth should a person shouting the word ‘stupid’ be arrested and detained? Is it so difficult to understand that an injunction order issued by the Supreme Court means that it has to be enforced immediately and to do otherwise would undermine the rule of law and show disrespect for the highest institution in the country?” Read More… Become a Subscriber

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