Police officer allegedly assaulted by civilian at accident scene

02 May 2019 17:40pm
OTJIWARONGO, 02 MAY (NAMPA) - A female police officer was allegedly assaulted by a 35-year-old man when she prevented him from taking photos at an accident scene near Otjiwarongo on Wednesday.
Spokesperson of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the Otjozondjupa Region, Inspector Maureen Mbeha in an interview with Nampa on Thursday said the man has been arrested on charges of obstructing and assaulting a police officer on duty.
Mbeha said the 28-year-old officer was busy controlling people’s movements at the accident scene about 10 kilometres north of Otjiwarongo when the man got out of a car that stopped at the scene. He was allegedly seen recording visuals of the accident scene and the police officer told him to stop.
However, the man allegedly continued to record and the police officer grabbed the cell phone from his hands to delete the captured material.
“The man became angry and started to demand his cell phone back and a quarrel between the two started,” said Mbeha.
The man then allegedly slapped and punched the officer, who was dressed in a police branded reflective jacket, in the face.
The man was then arrested and is expected to appear in the Otjiwarongo Magistrate’s Court on Friday.
Mbeha called on the public to refrain from taking photos or recording video at accident scenes and other crime scenes, especially where the family members of the victims have not yet been informed.
She also urged police officers attending to crime scenes to strictly control the movements of bystanders and prevent people who are not accredited to record visuals from doing so.
Police investigations in the matter continue.