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DCI officer filmed assaulting traffic cop in Karen to be arraigned

A Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) officer, who was filmed over the weekend assaulting a traffic police officer, has been arrested and is set to be arraigned on Monday.

Through Twitter on Sunday, Inspector-General of Police Hillary Mutyambai said the DCI officer was placed in custody after the incident.

The police chief indicated that the officer will be charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and assaulting a police officer.

“Preliminary investigations have revealed that the civilian in the said video is an officer attached to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations. He has so far been arrested and shall be arraigned in court for the offences of driving under the influence of alcohol and assaulting a Police Officer. Processes are also in place for further administrative action,” said Mr Mutyambai.

The suspect risks a five-year prison sentence for assault and two-year imprisonment or a Sh100,000 fine for driving under the influence.

In the video widely circulated online, the DCI officer who is dressed in civilian clothes is seen assaulting a uniformed traffic cop, who appears calm and composed.

“I cannot leave you, take me to Karen Police Station, not any other station. You are from Rongai and you are harassing people in Karen,” the suspect shouts.

The DCI officer was reportedly driving a Subaru saloon car registration number KBM 149F from Ongata Rongai towards Kiserian and is said to have hit the traffic cop’s motorbike as he tried to pursue him.

The chase allegedly continued to Karen County Club, where the suspect pulled his vehicle off the road, alighted, and attacked the police rider.