Police Dismiss Senior Officer for Multiple Crimes

MONROVIA, Montserrado – The Liberia National Police has indefinitely dismissed its former superintendent of police, Arthur V. Freeman, for alleged criminal conspiracy, harassment, and theft of property.

A statement from the police issued on Tuesday, Nov. 19 and signed by its director of communications, Moses Carter, confirmed that Freeman was immediately forwarded to court, along with an accomplice, Alphonso Gbidi, who was also charged with criminal conspiracy and facilitation and impersonating an officer.

Two other accomplices, Newsome Dokie and William Dahn, received similar charges in absentia.

Freeman’s dismissal and prosecution stem from an April 4 incident in which he and his accomplices extorted US$700 from a Paynesville businessman, Ismaila Jalloh.

According to police statement, Freeman and his accomplices forcibly took nine tins of milk from the business center valued at over US$100, “under the pretense that victim Jalloh was selling goods not intended to be sold in the country.”

The charges against Freeman relate not only to his alleged crimes under the penal code, but also to serious breaches of police ethics and code of conduct.

Featured photo courtesy of the Liberia National Police

Zeze Ballah

Zeze made his journalism debut as a high school reporter at the LAMCO Area School System. In 2016 and 2017, the Press Union of Liberia awarded Zeze with the Photojournalist of the Year award. Zeze was also the union's 2017 Health Reporter of the Year. He is a Health Journalism Fellow with Internews.

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