Salala Women Protest Colleague’s Death
Normal traffic on the main road passing through Salala District in Bong County came under siege early Thursday morning March 8, 2012 when a group of aggrieved women staged a peaceful sit-in on the road, demanding investigation into the death of one of their colleagues nearly three months ago allegedly by a police officer identified as Morris Dorbor.
According to the women, who were seen mourning the death of their friend, the Rebecca Marshall, the action was predicated on the alleged prolonged delay by the government in probing the matter, while officer Dorbor is said to be moving around with impunity since the incident occurred on January 2, 2012.
They claimed since the death of Rebecca Marshall, who was said to be a breast-feeding mother, government, has done nothing to bring the police officer to book despite persistent calls from family of the deceased for a full scale investigation to establish the actual cause of death.
“What is hurting us most to stage this sit-in action is that we gathered information the police officer Morris Dorbor is still in the employ of the Liberia National Police and walks around as free man, while our sister is nowhere to be seen”, lamented one of the women.
The women however abandoned their nearly four hours sit-in that disrupted free flow of traffic following intervention by Senator Henry Yallah and Representative Lester Paye of Bong County when the both lawmakers landed into the protest, while enroute to Gbarnga, Bong County.
The two Bong County Lawmakers appealed to the women to remain calm and assured them that all will be done to ensure their demand for speedy investigation into the untimely death of their colleague is brought to the attention of the police central command in Monrovia.
They further assured the women of their commitment to engage the police high command and the Ministry of Justice to make sure justice is impartially dispensed on the matter so that those linked to death of their friend face the full weight of the law.
The late Rebecca Marshall was found dead in her bedroom in Salala on January 2 this year after she was severely flogged allegedly by her boyfriend officer Morris Dorbor on December 24, 2011 during bitter argument over their crumbling relations.
Following the death of Rebecca Marshall, officer Dorbor, who was previously assigned at the Salala Police Detail reportedly escaped and sought re-assignment in Monrovia, while family members of the deceased continue to mourn the death of their daughter with no sign of legal recourse.