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Friday, April 10, 2009

A policeman: predator or protector?

Quoting Egypt Today

Another shooting took place on November 22, when Adel Al-Shahed, a
lieutenant in the Giza police force, allegedly shot and killed Tamer Abd
Al-Hameed Mashoor, 31, in front of Mohandiseen’s Shooting Club.

Al-Shahed’s brother was allegedly fighting with Mashoor’s brother over a car accident near the club. When Mashhoor rushed from a coffee shop in Dokki
to help, Al-Shahed allegedly fired several shots, one of which hit Mashoor in
the stomach, while another hit a friend of Mashoor in the foot, according to
Al-Masry Al-Youm. Al-Shahed claimed he fired in self-defense after Mashhoor hit
him with a baseball bat.

A crowd surrounded Al-Shahed, disarmed him and took him to the police station. As of press time, Al-Badeel had reported that Al-Shahed was being held in police
custody while under investigation.

Then the officer was sentenced to one month prison and a fine

Wael Abbas ... blogger and activist ... was attacked at his home yesterday abd was bullied by an officer off duty ... read about it on his blog in Arabic .. or here in English.

My question is: Is a policeman in Egypt a protector or predator? Where does his power start and where does his authority end?

More incidents of policemen assaulting civilians here

2 comments:

micheal said...

It is a police state
:(
tht is a fact

magi said...

that what happens when we look to ourselves as a prey our protectors turn to be predators