Cop threatens to shoot crying child - report

2015-01-27 19:21
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Johannesburg - The Tshwane metro police on Tuesday said they were investigating a report about an officer who allegedly threatened to shoot a 3-year-old girl.

"As a department we are following up on the issue but we are not yet ready to comment any further," spokesperson Isaac Mahamba said.

The department would issue a statement on the matter on Wednesday.

The Star reported on Tuesday that the officer unclipped his gun, raised his voice and told the child: "If you don't keep quiet, I'll shoot you."

This was after she started crying when the officer asked her mother for a bribe, after the woman told him she did not have a driving licence.

"He approached me and asked for my licence. I was honest with him and I told him that I do not have one," the woman told the newspaper.

"He then asked what plan we could hatch for cooldrink money."

According to the report, when the woman said she did not have money, the officer took about R80 and R90 in change out of the ashtray in the car.

The woman then drove off and told her parents about the incident and together with her father, they returned to the scene.

When the officers noticed the woman's car, they initially drove off.

However, the woman and her father followed the officers and they eventually got out of the car.

When asked about the incident, the officer admitted to threatening the child and said he did so to keep her quiet.

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