Justin Komakech, a resident of Amuru District was brutally arrested in August, and later tortured by Environment Police personnel after he recorded a phone video of the officers extorting money from a charcoal dealer in a truck. The officers forced Komakech to write an apology prompting the intervention of Amuru District leaders. He later reported the matter to the Police Professional Standard Unit in Gulu City, but to-date his tormentors are still at large, yet some witnesses declined to record statements.
According to Komakech, the officers handcuffed him before punching and hustling him into their patrol pick-up. Bothered by their actions, Komakech approached local leaders and with the help of Amuru District Chairperson, Michael Lakony, he filed a case of assault against the trio at the PSU in Gulu City on Monday, August 2 vide PSU/Aswa/GEF: 035/2021.