I WAS extremely sad upon learning about the incident where a 15-year-old boy was shot by policemen in Shah Alam.
Based on the reports, it was about 2am when they passed the police car which signalled them to stop. They sped away, which resulted in a car chase and the police having to shoot at their tyres to force them to stop.
One of them ran off leaving the other, now identified as Aminulrasyid Amzah, in the car. In panic he must have reversed and rammed the police car.
I can accept that at 2am, it must be dark, and without proper lighting, the policeman who shot him could not have seen the driver clearly to identify him as a 15-year-old boy.
However, I wonder if this in itself along with the boy reversing and ramming the police car justifies the police shooting at the driver. The fact that the policemen found a machete in the car also does not justify shooting the victim unless he had been swinging it menacingly towards the policemen.
All four policemen have been reassigned to desk duties pending the outcome of investigations.
I would like to suggest that the police explore the possibility of appointing a third party as a member of the investigations committee. This will add credibility and stop all nonsensical talk that the police might try to cover up to help one of their own. At the same time, the third party must be of a totally neutral party without any interest.
The committee formed must also be transparent and inform the public every step of the way and, finally, its decision.
I urge everyone – politicians, NGOs, and the media included – to allow the family to grieve and the committee to work.
We must respect the committee and allow it to carry out its duties. Do not turn this into a kangaroo court and pass public judgment. The four policemen and the family involved must be given a chance to tell their side of the story to the committee.
The police and committee must act without fear or favour.
AHMAD IKMAL ISMAIL,Ampang