Police brutality and misconduct in Ethiopia

By Ayele Woubshet To change the policing culture in Ethiopia, the focus needs to be on systemic failings, not just individual accountability It was only a year ago that a video showing two police officers assaulting a handcuffed man and an elderly woman was widely shared among the public. For most of us that saw the altercation, the police’s brazen and disproportionate use of force was not only a wrong that needed to be investigated—it was also yet another example of the type of police brutality we see on an almost daily basis. Whether it is intimidation, harassment or physical abuse of ordinary

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