Motorist says cops assaulted him with baseball bat

2013-05-13 11:15

A Kempton Park motorist has told how he was assaulted with a baseball bat by two police officers after he refused to pay a bribe.

Gerald Carey told Eyewitness News he was driving home on Thursday evening when the officers pulled him over and began to harass him.

One of the police officers got into the car with him and ordered him to drive to the nearest police station, assaulting him in the car, before putting him in the back of a police van.

“I was asking them what they were doing and why they were doing this to me. I told them they were hurting me and asked them why, because they were the police. They were supposed to be helping me. They were just saying ‘tonight you will learn your lesson, tonight you will die,”’ told Carey.

He was then taken to a field where he was beaten with the baseball bat. Pictures show heavy bruising and swelling to Carey’s chest.

He managed to run away during the attack, hitching a ride from a passing motorist before going to hospital.

Police responded by saying the officers had laid a charge of assault against Carey, claiming one of the officers had injuries to an eye and hand.

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate was investigating the matter.

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