'Cops assaulted me, but I can't lay a charge'

2012-04-25 00:00

A MAN who claims that police from the Loop Street station assaulted him at the weekend is battling to lay a charge against them.

He told The Witness yesterday that police at Taylor’s Halt referred him back to Loop Street.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Joey Jeevan has since said police would help him open the case, which they would investigate.

The 26-year-old man has also fled his Vulindlela home, where he claims police placed a plastic bag over his head and tried to choke him and then assaulted him.

They then took him to Loop Street where he was again assaulted, he said.

“Five police arrived saying they are looking for me,” said the man, who fears being named.

“I told them that I was the person they were looking for.

“They said they wanted to search the house as they wanted a firearm and I allowed them to search,” he said.

“They searched but they couldn’t find the firearm they were looking for.”

The man said the police then discussed the matter and returned, ordering him to give them the firearm in question.

“They took a plastic bag from the rubbish bin and put it on my head, trying to choke me with it,” he said.

“They started assaulting me with open hands, dragging me out of the house to their car and they took me to the Loop Street police station.”

At the police station they once again asked him about the firearm and assaulted him.

Eventually they took him home after asking him for his cellphone number, he added.

On Monday, police called him at 5 am, asking where he was and saying that they wanted to see him.

“I told them that I was home. They arrived and it was the repeat of what happened the day before,” he said.

“I told them that I did not know where the firearm was that they were talking about.”

He said police had also visited him at work, again asking about a firearm.

“I don’t know why they don’t believe what I am telling them,” he said.

Witnesses to Sunday’s incident said they were not sure what was happening.

“He was dragged into the mud along the road by the police on Sunday,” said a bystander who also declined to give his name.

“I was only informed later that they were looking a gun”.

• mlondi.radebe@witness.co.za

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