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Police Abuse Of Power

In many places, police not only fail to protect the poor from violence,
but they are violent predators themselves.

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Millions of the poorest people in the developing world live in fear of police who extort bribes and brutalize innocent citizens. Parents often teach their children to run away from police, rather than going to them for help.

In Kenya, it’s easy for a corrupt or incompetent police officer to falsely accuse and imprison, or even kill an innocent person who can’t afford to pay a bribe. Without a lawyer, the innocent person will often wait years for freedom. In the case of extrajudicial killings, surviving family members have started speaking out, demanding an investigation and the delivery of justice. For years, police could expect to get away with these crimes.

“When I walked into court and saw my lawyer ready to advocate for me, my heart was happy and felt at ease.”

Joseph Declared innocent after being wrongfully accused and imprisoned for 16 months by Kenyan police

Since 2001, IJM has helped free 256 women and men from illegal detention in Kenya.

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