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In Kenya, grassroots efforts combat alleged police abuses

NAIROBI, Kenya — As frustration in Kenya grows over hundreds of alleged police killings and other abuses, the public has begun fighting back. They are forming social justice centers to investigate what they say the government doesn’t.

Many cases have gone unreported, with families suffering in silence, rights activists say. Perpetrators are rarely held accountable.

A civilian oversight authority with the mandate of investigating police abuses says it received 288 complaints last year of deaths and serious injuries allegedly committed by members of Kenya’s National Police Service.

The oversight authority says the social justice groups have become a critical partner, flagging cases when the crime scene is still fresh and witnesses are still available.

Police claim that rights groups are embellishing their reports of alleged abuses to attract more donor funding.