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We are constrained to express disdain about the conduct of some policemen because of the tendency of such queries to dampen the spirits of good cops who we need to enforce the law.

It is important therefore that we bring to light the misconduct of bad cops with a view to having corrective measures applied.

When we do this, our intentions should not be misconstrued. Imagine the media turning their attention from bad cops who extort money from innocent and helpless people in town and drag the image of this critical institution in the mud.

The earlier such personnel are identified and showed the exit, the better it will be in safeguarding the image of the police.

The law enforcement agency is one state setup which should as much as possible be spared uncharitable remarks, unless this is inevitable, as under the circumstances which have informed this commentary.

Last week ended on a near fatal note when an angry cop opened fire in a banking hall unmindful, as it were, about the danger his action posed to innocent customers.

There was a misunderstanding between the cop and a man who had come to transact business in the bank over an issue which had nothing to do with the policeman?parking of customers? vehicles. That is the duty of the private security persons on the premises of the bank and not the law enforcement officer.

Why should the cop allow himself to be sent by a bank staff to go and get the gentleman to move his car from the parking lot? This was what tipped the scale and had both parties incensed. The armed cop should have known better about being calm when wielding a firearm. The banking hall could have been bloodied but for providence.

The tendency for some policemen to assault people they do not agree with has become so common that we think superior police officers should not rest on their oars but should continue to rein in their men.

We have learnt about how the cop was the first man to slap the man at the centre of this raging controversy which has sent the PR officers running all over the place trying to manage the incident.

Some policemen are just a threat to the civilian populace they are paid to protect. It is regrettable that these bad nuts continue to create problems for their bosses at the Police Headquarters to deal with.

Imagine a policeman getting incensed simply because one tries to explain a point to him, and then corking his firearm, an automatic weapon for that matter, which can easily fire without much effort from the handler when the safety catch is on ?ready.? Was the man on the verge of robbing the bank? No!

The gentleman, who had an altercation with the cop on duty at Cal Bank last Saturday, was just lucky. He could have been killed by that nincompoop of a policeman on duty at the money house.

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