Tema East Member of Parliament, Daniel Titus-Glover has promised to seek justice for a man who was shot and killed by the police at Tema Newtown Monday.
Patrick Adenyo, believed to be in his late 20s, was accused of attempting to snatch a vehicle from a foreign national. He was later shot and killed y the Tema police patrol team for allegedly wrestling a gun from an officer.
The development sparked clashes between residents and the Tema Newtown police. Residents massed up at the police station Tuesday to demand the prosecution of the police officer who did the the shooting.
The crowd grew so violent and rowdy that it took a reinforcement team from the Temal Regional Police and warning shots to disperse them.
The Deputy Transport Minister who visited the family of the deceased three days after the shooting said he will ensure justice is served them.
He described the incident as “unfortunate” and that the issue should not be trivialised by the police.
Mr Titus-Glover said the Inspector General of Police (IGP), David Asante Apeatu has directed the police Homicide Unit to take over the matter.
The tough-talking legislator said he will ensure the police officer behind the crime is made to face the law, insisting the deceased was shot for no wrong.
“I will ensure that the family is compensated since the young man is the breadwinner,” he said.
He said he will ensure the police administration bears the responsibility for the burial of the late Adenyo.
“There is no way the family should bear the cost…majority of the cost will be taken over by the police.”
The Deputy Minister used the opportunity to appeal to the youth to desist from acts that will undermine the peace of the area.
“It is not the entire police that did that…it is only one person and whatever we want in the form of compensation we will pursue it,” he said.
He also called on the police administration to ensure an autopsy is conducted on the body of the deceased to establish the cause of death.
Mr Titus-Glover expressed confidence that the police will do a good job.
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