There is a popular saying which goes, ”The police is your friend”. In some cases, some police officers in Ghana exhibit some behaviors that goes contrary to the quote above.
On some regular basis on news in Ghana, we hear some instances whereby members of the Ghana police force harass innocent citizens in some cases brutalize or kill them.
It is right to carry out your duties as a police officer but infringing on the rights of someone is inhuman. As a Ghanaian, if by any case you are arrested by the police, do not forget to do these things;
Never Make An Attempt To Run
If you try to run, you could lose your life to a careless policeman who shoots his gun or you could even get injured from his laser. In case the police should attempt to arrest you, kindly submit yourself to them.
Give Them Your Identity
It is better to give your identity to a police officer should you be arrested. If you are a student or a public officer, let them know that and if possible, show them an identity card. You might get relieved of your arrest and the case could be forwarded to the school.
Do Not Engage In Argument With The Police
Never get into an argument with a police officer should any trouble arise. As a citizen, it is better to report a matter to the police should in case a police officer wrong you. Getting into an argument with a police officer will only worsen your case in court. This mean that you were resisting arrest and it will be used against you should it go to court.
Ask The Reason why You Have Arrested
Should you in case be arrested near a crime scene, you have the right to ask the police why you were arrested. You can request for an arrest warrant signed by a senior police officer or by a magistrate.
Record The Officer’s Details
Every police officer a badge with a unique number and a name. Look at the badge and memorize the details. In case you should get mishandled by the police, the details will very important as it will ensure the police officer get penalized for mistreating you. You can also request they identify themselves or you can take photos of them.
Try to identify the people around the scene. They would be very important to you especially when the case goes to the court of law. Taking photograph and recordings will also be very useful.
Contact Your Lawyer And Reach Out To Family/Friends
Contact your close relatives or friends and inform them of your detention. They will help you get yourself a lawyer. A lawyer will help you and guide through the necessary process that will help you get out of detention and also he will fight for your rights.