Eric Quoiquoi, a 39-year old businessman, has accused the Chief of Police of the Monrovia City Corporation (MCC), Col. Kenneth Harris, of manhandling and illegally detaining him for over 24 hours.
Quoiquoi was found around the City Hall without shirts and complaining that City Police officers beat and incarcerated him on Sunday, February 28 2016 for allegedly transporting dirt in his truck without covering them. He said the MCC Police held him for not covering his dump truck while hauling some garbage. As a result, he was fined the amount of US$250. He agreed to pay the fine but not to any individual as requested by the City Police Chief Harris. The businessman narrated that Col. Harris requested him to pay the fine directly to him (Police Chief). Based on the request, and knowing that it was not the right way to pay an imposed fine, Quoiquoi demanded that he would pay the fine to the City Police officer if he is guaranteed an official receipt after making the payment to him. He alleged that Col. Harris refused to accept his demand which he believes, was legitimate. Eric Quoiquoi’s refusal to pay the money to the City Police Chief landed him into trouble; thus causing the MCP to take him to the charge of quarters of MCC. He was detained for one night and reportedly beaten up on the orders of Col. Harris. “He asked me to pay the fine to him, personally and I told him no and that I wanted to pay fine at the Monrovia City court as required by the transparency policy put in place because I will be asked to prove that I paid money,” said Quoiquoi. He alleged that the officers used pepper spray on him when he began shouting and shaking the cell gate for his release on ground it was “illegal” to keep him there. Quoiquoi has threatened lawsuit against Colonel Harris for allegedly infringement on his rights. When contactedvia mobile phone, Col. Harris denied having any knowledge of such incident, adding that he needed to contact his deputies to confirm the information before making a definite statement. “I can’t talk right now. I have to consult my deputies to find out whether such incident ever took place,” said Harris.