23 Jan 2015

Call to drug test American Samoa cops

4:37 pm on 23 January 2015

Senators in American Samoa have called for police officers to undergo mandatory drug tests.

American Samoa police headquarters

American Samoa police headquarters Photo: Supplied

They say recent police shootings are related to drugs .

The call was made at a Senate hearing amid concerns that no arrests have been made for two shootings targeting police officers.

The Senate President, Gaoteote Palaie, says the public doesn't trust police officers because they think some cops are dishonest.

He says there is suspicions that police are the ones who warn offenders because they themselves are involved.

Senator Mauga Tasi Asuega said the public is rightfully concerned about the shootings and authorities need to send a clear message that this type of crime will not be tolerated.

Senators Soliai Tuipine and Atualevao Asifoa say police officers should undergo mandatory drug tests.