Casablanca - Is it really the end of police violence against citizens? The Minister of Justice and Liberties, Mustapha Ramid, recently called on the Ministry of Interior to start filming police interventions in Morocco.
Casablanca – Is it really the end of police violence against citizens? The Minister of Justice and Liberties, Mustapha Ramid, recently called on the Ministry of Interior to start filming police interventions in Morocco.
Ramid called on Interior Minister Mohamed Hassad to start filming security interventions in order to ensure that the police are not using violence against civilians, according to daily Libération.
The Ministry of Justice and Liberties also firmly requested that victims of police brutality lodge complaints against public security officers or law enforcers who used violence against them.
Many Moroccans are questioning the effectiveness of the measures recommended by the Ministry of Justice, since many videos showing security officers brutalizing citizens are already widespread across the Internet.
Many high-tech surveillance cameras have already been installed in the main streets of Fez, Marrakech, Casablanca and Rabat, and the Ministry of Interior intends to install 20,000 more cameras across the kingdom, according to Libération.
The National Security also signed an agreement that will allow for the use of high-tech cameras that shoot high-quality videos and allow face identification and recognition both in daytime and at night, according to the same source.
However, many Moroccans do not see the installation of such high-tech surveillance cameras across the kingdom as a beneficial undertaking. The problem could be coming from the judiciary, according to the same source.
Some Moroccan courts accept electronic data as valid evidence of violent police interventions against civilians, whereas other courts do not. This judicial dissonance has received harsh backlash from Moroccan civil society.
Edited by Liz Yaslik
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