“Two of the four policemen engaged in slapping me one by one and beating me. Another two joined in beating me up when they heard I was filming what they were doing.” – A journalist who was arrested and tortured for filming police brutality told Amnesty researchers.
This could have happened anywhere. From the streets of Minneapolis in America, to the favelas of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, unlawful use of force by police can end in death, injury, and devastation.
But this particular journalist suffered the full force of police brutality closer to us, in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, where, the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, or SARS, has become an infamous unit of the Nigerian police force.
For years, Amnesty has been documenting and calling out police brutality in the region. Now, we turn our focus to SARS and join the decade-long public calls to shut down this Nigerian police unit, in our report published today.
In the last 3 years alone, we documented 82 cases of extortion, torture, and ill-treatment by the SARS. With your support we can end impunity.
Director of Amnesty International Nigeria
PS – Join our live event with survivors of SARS, this Saturday 27 June at 7:30 pm on Facebook or Instagram.