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Police To Probe Mum, Toddlers’ Detention

Police To Probe Mum, Toddlers’ Detention
ACP Rusiate Tuidravu
February 24
19:26 2018

Fiji Police Force will carry out an internal investigation on the conduct of an investigating officer in relation to the detention of a family for more than eight hours, allegedly without any reason.

This came to light after a video was shared on social media featuring a mother with her two toddlers inside the Lautoka Police Station last Saturday night.

Acting Deputy Commissioner of Police, Rusiate Tudravu said two women were taken into Police custody following a case of domestic dispute.

The two women seen and heard in the video and the complainant were all residing in the same house.

“The report was received late on Saturday night (close to midnight),’’ Acting DCP Tudravu said.

“The decision to bring one party, which included the mother and her daughter as well as the children, was made in the interest of their safety as the situation between the parties had escalated.

“Concerns were first and foremost on their welfare and the safety of the children.

“During this time all assistance was rendered to the children by the women officers on duty.

“We will, however, look into any issues they are not happy with. We will also be conducting an internal investigation on the conduct of the investigating officer.”

The text attached with the video read: “On Saturday February 10, before midnight, a young mother, her two toddlers were taken to the Lautoka Police Station along with the children’s grandmother to be interrogated about a previous domestic case.

“The five officers who escorted the mother and her children never said a word about detaining the family.

“Once they arrived at the Police Station, the mother was shocked to be informed they would be detained until Monday, February 19.

“No reasons were given for them being held against their will at the station.

“During the night while they were being detained, not a single police officer offered to help the distressed one-year-old who was crying for his milk bottle.

“The mother, her toddlers and their grandmother were detained till 8am last Sunday morning after being taken from their home.

“They were only released when a relative who is a Police officer at the Lautoka Police Station intervened on their behalf.

“They were released without any paperwork, interview or explanation for being held up at the station for  so long.”

Edited by George Kulamaiwasa

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