Liberia police chief out after pre-vote clash

AP News
Posted: Nov 27, 2011 10:00 AM

The office of Liberia's president says the national police chief has left his job weeks after a deadly clash between police and opposition supporters on the eve of the presidential runoff vote.

A statement issued Saturday says police chief Marc Amblard left his post and "stated that although he was not liable for what occurred on November 7, 2011, he accepted responsibility as head of the Liberia National Police."

Amblard said Sunday: "whether I gave orders or whether I did not give orders, I take full responsibility."

The U.N. says at least two people were killed after security forces opened fire with live bullets the night before the Nov. 8 vote.

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has named the immigration commissioner as acting police chief.