Police shoot deaf man in leg

THE Zambia National Association of the Deaf (ZNAD) has threatened to sue the police service for allegedly shooting Stanley Phiri in the right leg and locking him up in cells for no crime committed.   

ZNAD executive director Mckenzie Mbewe said the organisation had received a complaint that on the night of April 15, 2016 Mr Phiri who is deaf was beaten, shot in his right leg and locked up in police cells by officers during night patrol.

Mr Mbewe explained that on the fateful night Mr Phiri was heading towards home from work at the Daily Nation offices.

He said police stopped Mr Phiri at Simba milling company he was meeting his friend to give him a loan of K 250 but that unfortunately when he reached between St. Joseph’s Catholic church and Kanyama market at around 20:00 hours a mob attacked him as well as robbed him of money, clothes, shoes and a cell phone leaving him naked and unconscious.

He said after a while Mr Phiri continued to walk to his place in Kanyama and met police officers on night patrol who suspected that he was probably a wizard who had fallen off a wizard aircraft as he was still walking about naked.

He pleaded with the police in gestures that he was deaf and was robbed of his personal belongings.

‘‘Police started beating Mr Phiri and shot him in the right leg and took him to Los Angeles police post and locked him up in cells,’’ Mr Mbewe said.

He claimed that police did not accept Mr Mbewe’s explanation even though he tried to gesture to them that he was deaf.

The following day the police wrote a medical form for Mr Phiri to take to Kanyama hospital however he was weak because of the beating and gunshot wounds after lying on the grass outside the police station.

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