Former President Jerry John Rawlings has condemned residents of Amasaman, a suburb of Accra over the brutal assault of a police man few days ago.

The statesman lamented that assaulting a man in uniform in such a manner is an indictment on our society and totally unjustifiable.

“It is painful the extent to which a policeman was badly beaten to the point that you could hardly see his eyes. What could have justified that? What stopped us from literally arresting him if the situation warranted it and leading him to a police station?

“To disrespect a lawman and to even go as far as to assault him to the extent that was done was going too far,” the former President said.

In a viral video posted online, angry residents at Amasaman, were filmed attacking the police officer identified as Sgt. Mahanadi at the SWAT Unit of the Ghana Police Service.

What led to the assault on the police officer is yet to be ascertained.

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Raising concern over the spate of indiscipline in the country when he received the National Chief Imam, Sheikh Nuhu Sharabutu at his office on Thursday, Mr Rawlings appealed to the Chief Imam to pray against such impunity.

He said: “No one is perfect and I know the burden that the police generally carry. Things are tough and they carry a heavy burden. The means to do their work effectively is inadequate and they are doing their best. Assuming 30 per cent of the police were to decide not to put in their best, can you imagine the confusion we will have? Let’s imagine a situation without the police; we will be much worse. It could be an uncontrollable situation.”

“No amount of temptation and difficulty should push us to go as far as we went in the Ashaiman incident.” he added