A video of a UK-based Kenyan man being clobbered senseless by a group of police officers from Essex Police Department has sparked an uproar.
The Kenyan man, Wycliff Cox reportedly said to be mentally unstable was subjected to police brutality during his arrest.
It is reported that Cox had breached bail terms and police were out to arrest him when the incident happened.
The viral four-minute video sparked uproar among Kenyans who called for an end to police brutality against people of African descent.
Rage begun as Cox tried to take off after noticing the presence of police at his mother’s house. It is here that he kicked one of the officers that he attracted the wrath of the others who clobbered him mercilessly.
During this scuffle, a woman believed to be his mother cried out asking the police to stop the beating.
“Don’t kill my son…don’t…” the woman screams but police asked her and other onlookers to move away.
Following the incident, a UK citizen Mia Kearns who runs 38 Degrees launched a campaign seeking justice for the family.
“We want to bring the justice Wycliffe and his family deserves after he was brutally assaulted by police and pinned down from head to toe as they saw him as threat just because of his mental health and the fact he did try to run away despite the fact he was just scared and was possibly unaware of what was going on or what to do he did breach his bail but this still does not give an excuse for someone to be treated the way he did!” Mia Kearns who is running the campaign stated.
Kearns stated that police ought to have handled the incident better without brutality.
“He should’ve been handled with more care and not such violence as this. We want to make it possible for Wycliff to get the mental support he needs and let his family contact him and to keep them updated on his mental state along with having the police officers at the scene punished for their actions.”