In U.S. Liberian Given Deportation Notice Accused Of Attacking Deportation Officers While Being Deported

By Scott J. Croteau

A Liberian, Mohammed Kenneh, 35, has been accused of assaulting a deportation officer at Logan International Airport in Boston, as he was being deported from the United States today; Wednesday, August 30, 2017 appeared in Federal Court in Boston.

According to a Boston online newspaper, Mohammed Kenneh is facing one court of with assault on a federal officer. He will appear in federal court in Boston Wednesday afternoon.

An order to remove Kenneh from the United States and return him to Liberia was issued on July 16, 2016. He was taken to Logan International Airport for removal on Tuesday, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

“Once at the airport, Kenneh was met by two deportation officers who asked him to exit the van in which he arrived. Kenneh refused to exit the van; therefore, one of the officers entered the van and attempted to remove Kenneh from the vehicle,” authorities said. “Kenneh resisted the officer and struck the officer on the head and shoulders multiple times, eventually knocking the officer onto the floor of the van.”

Investigators say Kenneh wrapped his handcuffed hands around the officer’s wrist and hands and refused to let go. Another officer entered the van and Kenneh was taken out.

“A decision was then made to abort the removal proceedings and return Kenneh to Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.


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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.