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Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 21 June 2018

Ajman police deny assaulting disabled man in wake of social media post 

The man, who has brain damage, was arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of drugs

Ajman Police have denied assaulting a disabled man who posted on social media that he had been abused by officers after being taken into custody in Al Hamidia.

Lt Col Saif Khalifa Al Muhairi, director of Ajman police’s drug control department, said his department received a report from shop owners that a man was acting suspiciously. “When a police team arrived to the location, they found the man stumbling and speaking [strangely]. They asked him for his papers, but he had none with him and he said he was there to buy some paint,” said Lt Col Al Muhairi.

The man was taken to the drug control department on suspicion of being under the influence of drugs. His family was contacted and his brother arrived 15 minutes later to confirm that the man had brain damage from a traffic accident and provided police with a disability document.

"I ordered that CCTV footage from the shop where the man was found was checked and also CCTV footage from the office where he was sitting at the drug control department. Nothing happened to him, no one assaulted him at all. We don't know why he made such accusations and we ask the public to make sure that of what they read or see on social media, they do not believe everything immediately," he said .

Police provided no further details of what was said in the social media post or when the arrest took place.

“Our officers treated him with respect,” said the Lt Col, adding that it was absolutely uncalled for to post allegations and accusations online just to cause a stir on social media platforms.

He urged the public to refrain from believing posts about police, unless they are posted by authorities.