10 September 2012

Liberia: Police's Victim in Critical Condition

A 30-year- oldman severely flogged by police in Toe Town, Grand Gedeh County recently is said to be in a critical condition.

The victim has reportedly begun coughing and urinating with blood. George Baryon was allegedly beaten by Toe Town's police commander, Lyndon Johnson and two others, Wesley F. Gowala and Patrick Sawan, who are said to have been dismissed from the service by police authorities.

The victim, was first admitted at the Martha Tubman Memorial Hospital in Zwedru on 18 August and discharged one week later, but his health condition is said to have rapidly degenerated.

A senior brother of the victim Edward Baryon, who walked into the offices of this paper on Friday, said George's condition has become critical to the extent that he coughs and urinates with blood daily.

"George health is deteriorating with the urinating and coughing of blood plus body pain daily. Because of the severity, he has been admitted at Bill Cosby Clinic in Zwedru," Edward tearfully told this paper. Edward said his junior brother's condition is life-threatening to the extent that family members are worried, and don't know what to do.

"Because of the vomiting and urinating of blood, George hardly eats anything. We don't have money and things are hard; who do we look up to? The government (police) or God," Edward pondered.

The incident occurred last month (August) when police commander Lyndon Johnson and two of his men took an emergency case to a clinic in Toe Town where the victim was assigned as a private guard.

Upon their arrival, the victim told them there were no nurses or doctors on called to attend to their emergency as it was a weekend and the clinic was closed. But George's reply to commander Johnson seemed to have annoyed him as he wanted a quick attention to the emergency case.

With this, Johnson is said to have rained insults at the private guard (George Baryon), saying that the latter was not anybody to made such statement to him about the clinic closure.

Following the engagement, Johnson left the clinic premises, but returned later with his deputy and another officer, who flogged George almost to death after he repeated to them that the clinic has closed.

Before his severe flogging, George was reportedly handcuffed by the police. Police brutality in the country has been frequent despite a civic campaign geared at cultivating good relationship between police officers and the public.

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