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Multimedia: Zimbabwe police under spotlight

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Zimbabwe Republic Police has often been accused of abusing power. Among recurring complaints have been allegations of brutality, ‘confiscation’ of produce from vendors that are sometimes unaccounted for, demanding illegal spot fines from motorists and often engaging in running battles with kombi drivers in the CBD that has led to loss of lives.

Recently, in a video that has gone viral on social media, the police were caught on camera beating up an unarmed handcuffed citizen. In the video, a policeman is heard calling a colleague saying: “Dube, Dube. . . O shamu yako yapera iyi. (Here, your whip is finished).”

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The video, has sparked dialogue around the way police work in the country.

Here NewsDay captures policemen at their worst behaviour.

A policeman driving a pirate taxi is seen dropping off passengers at the corner of Jason Moyo Ave and Julius Nyerere Way on March 12, 2015.
A policeman driving a pirate taxi is seen dropping off passengers at the corner of Jason Moyo Ave and Julius Nyerere Way on March 12, 2015.
Riot Police are seen at MDC-T offices in Harare yesterday. Eye witnesses say the police attacked people who were demonstrating outside the MDC offices.
Riot Police are seen at MDC-T offices in Harare yesterday. Eye witnesses say the police attacked people in an attempt to disperse the crowd that was demonstrating outside the MDC offices.
Police officers watch as their truck gets cleaned up at an illegal carwash at the corner of Kwame Nkrumah and Harare street on June 6, 2014.
Police officers watch as their truck gets cleaned up at an illegal car wash at the corner of Kwame Nkrumah and Harare street on June 6, 2014.
A reader captured police officers talking to a fruit vendor while vehicles pick up passengers at a prohibited point near the ‘Mbudzi’ roundabout along Masvingo Road last year.
A reader captured police officers talking to a fruit vendor while vehicles pick up passengers at a prohibited point near the ‘Mbudzi’ roundabout along Masvingo Road last year.
Several police officers were last year seriously injured in a brawl with members of the Johane Masowe apostolic sect in the high-density suburb of Budiriro 2 in Harare. Apostolic Christian Council of Zimbabwe president Johannes Ndanga, in the company of anti-riot police, had gone to the Madzibaba Ishmael-led shrine seeking to enforce a ban on the church for alleged abuse of women and children.
Several police officers were last year seriously injured in a brawl with members of the Johane Masowe apostolic sect in the high-density suburb of Budiriro 2 in Harare. Apostolic Christian Council of Zimbabwe president Johannes Ndanga, in the company of anti-riot police, had gone to the Madzibaba Ishmael-led shrine seeking to enforce a ban on the church for alleged abuse of women and children.
In an apparent move to 'revenge' the vapostori, police officers were pictured leading a group of Zanu Pf youths to destroy the church shrine.
In an apparent move to ‘revenge’ the vapostori, police officers were pictured escorting a group of Zanu Pf youths to destroy the church shrine.
Journalist Itai Dzamara lies on the ground after he and nine other demonstrators were bashed by anti- riot police following their Occupy Africa Unity Square demonstration in Harare last November.
Journalist Itai Dzamara lies on the ground after he and nine other demonstrators were bashed by anti- riot police following their Occupy Africa Unity Square demonstration in Harare last November.
Police chase an MDC-T youth who was part of a group of party activists demonstrating for jobs in Harare last August.
Police chase an MDC-T youth who was part of a group of party activists demonstrating for jobs in Harare last August.
The confrontation between private commuter omnibus crews and the police turned nasty last year when a commuter omnibus - allegedly fleeing from police - ran over a toddler at the corner of Chinhoyi Street and Kwame Nkrumah Avenue.
The confrontation between private commuter omnibus crews and the police turned nasty last year when a commuter omnibus – allegedly fleeing from police – ran over a toddler at the corner of Chinhoyi Street and Kwame Nkrumah Avenue.

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