By Courtney Trenwith
Video appears on social media showing a policeman forcing an expat to do push-ups while he is repeatedly hit on the back
Kuwaiti authorities are investigating a police officer who allegedly abused an expat.
The Ministry of Interior released a statement on Sunday saying it would look into the “misconduct” after a video of the alleged abuse went viral on social media.
The video appears to show a dark skinned male being made to do push-ups while a plain clothed policeman hits him on the back with both arms.
“The Ministry of Interior rejects such an act against citizens and residents,” the ministry statement says, adding that necessary action would be taken against the police officer after investigations were completed.
There is a strong need for more training, transparency, and a basic overhaul of the police force in Kuwait, where most expat residents hold little respect for and this is nothing new in the Kuwait community. This video is the second video in a month where expats were abused by the Kuwait police. The other video involved a traffic cop who was caught on tape saying that a Canadian expat's daughter should be kidnapped in Arabic and the expat woman did not understand what he was saying. Appalling! No one trusts the police in Kuwait and abuse at the hands of the police force is common. What Kuwait fails to understand is that their contempt for the expat community will affect their future business transactions if they ever decide to develop the country. In the age of smart phones, you will be exposed. Ironically, it was most likely other officers that put these videos on the internet, so not all of them are bad. Maybe some of them are fed up of their reputations being marred by these men.