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Traffic cop 'used minimal force' on woman

2012-06-06 14:11

Johannesburg - A North West traffic official admitted he used "minimum" force in trying to arrest a Klerksdorp woman who tried to reach her dying father in hospital, the Tlokwe Municipality said on Wednesday.

Spokesperson Willie Maphosa said the officer tried to stop Hestia Kotze, who did not comply, on Saturday afternoon. He then chased her on the N12 after he noticed reckless driving that obstructed oncoming traffic.

In Beeld newspaper on Wednesday, Kotze alleged she was manhandled and sprayed with pepper spray at Potchefstroom Mediclinic's entrance, after the officer attempted to pull her over near the Ikageng off-ramp, on her way to see her father. He died before she could see him.

"I was doing no more than 120km. I moved into the other lane, and gestured to him, saying it was an emergency and I needed his help. My headlights and emergency lights were flashing," said Kotze.

‘Swore, resisted arrest’

Maphosa said the officer did not know why she was driving in that way.

"When they arrived at hospital the officer informed her about her reckless driving and that he was about to arrest her.

"The driver started swearing at the officer and resisted arrest. The officer used minimum force to effect the arrest of the lady, who continued to fight, refusing to be arrested.

"If there was [better] communication, officers could have escorted her to the hospital," said Maphosa.

Charges against Kotze were dropped by the Potchefstroom Magistrate's Court, and she said she would pursue a civil claim against the officer. Maphosa said the municipality would like her to come forward with her side of the story, as it only had the officer's version.

"We don't want to protect our officer, we want her to come [forward] so we can investigate this matter," said Maphosa.

Comments
  • Tax - 2012-06-06 14:21

    I bet this excuse for a traffic cop has never arrested a taxi driver.

  • Ashley - 2012-06-06 14:22

    Really, why would a woman drive like a maniac to the hospital??? To deliberately agitate the police....? Commonsense tells me that there must be an emergency if someone races to get to the hospital. Who the hell tries to arrest someone driving to a hospital with emergency lights and headlights flashing. This police idiot sounds like, well, and IDIOT!

      Chez - 2012-06-06 15:26

      @Ashley. The road she was on goes to more places than just the hospital and I'm quite sure it was only when they got there that the police knew where she was headed. Perhaps in her panic she did not explain properly what was going on and with the level of bad driving in this country, the cop may not have immediately believed her. I don't think any one person is to blame here. This is sad but perhaps we shouldn't be so quick to lay blame

      Shadipity - 2012-06-06 16:57

      Chez - Hestia is to blame - her father was not dying in her car - if he was I'm sure the cops would have escorted her to the hospital! An emergency is not getting to a hospital to see someone, an emergency is getting someone that is dying TO the hospital!

      Ashley - 2012-06-08 14:11

      right Chez, you clever little thing you......have you driven the several roads you refer to? And sweetheart, when she arrived at the hospital she was ASSUALTED you idiot. This had nothing to do with her driving, the police officer never gave her a chance to explain her rush, and quite frankly i dont think i would be able to give a lengthy explanation when my father is dying just meters away from me in a hospital room.....hope this never happens to you.

  • donald - 2012-06-06 14:23

    clearly a racist cop who likes beating up on women

      christopher.fisher.5220 - 2012-06-06 15:11

      where does the report even suggest that the officer is black/coloured/indian for him to be labled as racist?

      donald - 2012-06-06 15:25

      ill better my last dollar

      Juan - 2012-06-06 15:56

      Hopefully he wil get to spend some time in jail so that bubba can teach him some manners

      blipsie - 2012-06-08 09:09

      @ Christopher in other news reports, the officer called her a "white *****"

  • tricia.sutherland1 - 2012-06-06 14:24

    she probably was speeding, resisting arrest and swearing - i would've done the same to anyone or anything standing in the way of my dying father. Pepper spray, for what - was the unarmed lady too much for the trained officer to handle?

      Phillie - 2012-06-06 14:57

      And all this "minimum force" happened in front of the hospital. Why did he not accompany her and verify her story before becoming the BRAVE man. ASSSSSSSHOL

      christopher.fisher.5220 - 2012-06-06 15:17

      admirable yet unsettling & selfish at the same time. So its ok if you speed and drive recklessly to get to your dying father even if you inadvertently cause the maiming or death of my loved ones?

      russell.w.wright.5 - 2012-06-06 15:47

      Judging from the lamentable lack of training these cops have I'd say yes he was completely out of his depth.

      jac.theron - 2012-08-01 14:27

      Sly ... your just looking for a argument. This was a emergency "if you dont know what it means please google it. Be honest ..would you drive 60 in a 60 zone if your father was dying?

  • richard.hipkin - 2012-06-06 14:28

    A knee in the back and pepper spray is NOT minimum force..

      arne.verhoef - 2012-06-06 20:09

      Why wasnt she at the hospital? So because her father is dying, she can put other lives in danger too? The cops action were justified, especially if she was resisting arrest. Just another working class woman who doesnt believe that she could be wrong, trying to fight. Hogwash.

  • brenda.britz - 2012-06-06 14:29

    I wonder if he would have used the same "minimal force" if it was a taxi driver? Does minimal force leave bruses?

      Philip - 2012-06-06 14:58

      @ Brenda, the bruise you see in the picture could have happened easily, without sounding judgmental, overweight people bruise alot easier than in shape or skinny people, the protective layer of skin is stretched, thus thinner, a mild pinch could leave a bruise on her arm. on the other hand, pepper spray was not called for. both parties over reacted. if she had just clamly explained the situation it might have worked out differently, and if he had taken the time to listen, it might have ended differently. i get why both parties were worked up, if someone dear to me is in an emergency, i would also be driving fast and shout at someone that gets in my way, and if i have a job to do and someone shouts and screams and swears at me without explination, i would arrest them too. both parties in the wrong. condolences to the family.

      arne.verhoef - 2012-06-06 20:17

      Racist. Why just assume? Clearly this guy was only doing his job? This lady was breaking the law, driving recklessly, and resisted arrest? I am very sorry about the loss of her dad, but clearly that does not justify her behaviour?

      blipsie - 2012-06-08 09:10

      @ Arne, the other news reports add an extra detail of what he yelled at her. Very nasty, very racist.

  • Sagin - 2012-06-06 14:31

    where is the common sense? anyone with half a brain and no chip on their shoulders would have been able to determine this woman had an emergency. trust a cop in this country? f#$%k that. I see a cop, I see a criminal! sad but that is how i view them. What a country!

  • Francois - 2012-06-06 14:32

    Please try that stunt on me when --"lord behold not yet" my dad is still with us..EK sal jou baie hard MOER.. I will not stand still and let this incompetant A hole try and arrest me. insensative bastard..

      arne.verhoef - 2012-06-06 20:19

      I would like to argue with you, but your an idiot, so I wont.

  • lerato.kay.3 - 2012-06-06 14:43

    This woman was clearly a danger to other road users, despite her misfortunes with regards to her dad still that doesn’t give her the right to drive like a maniac. There are thousands of people rushing for their loved ones in serious conditions but if they are allowed to drive like that then we will see more coffins on our roads. If she had obeyed the simple rules maybe she could have been escorted. That’s the price you pay for being a drama queen ! The scar looks like a kinky love bite - lol

      Clayton Richard Delport - 2012-06-06 15:01

      It's f

      Clayton Richard Delport - 2012-06-06 15:03

      You don't seem very bright! Rushing to the hospital at 120km is not a high speed chase, this poor woman was in a emergency for a valid reason, did apartheid teach you to be heartless aswell?

      christopher.fisher.5220 - 2012-06-06 15:30

      Geez Clayton. Aren't you one to talk. Keep that flame burning.

      arne.verhoef - 2012-06-06 20:19

      Thank you!

      arne.verhoef - 2012-06-06 20:27

      Clayton, with all due respect, you are a numskull.

      Lacrimose - 2012-06-06 21:48

      So dangerous that they only managed to apprehend her once she was off the roads and at the hospital. How many speeding, dangerous criminals lead police to the parking lot of a hospital? Yes, she needed to be apprehended & sanctioned for reckless driving, but what is missing here is a comprehension of context.

  • gift.rode - 2012-06-06 14:45

    What if the woman had caused a fatal accident would the comments be the same the law is the law it still has to be obeyed

      Clayton Richard Delport - 2012-06-06 15:00

      Shame you never had parents

      watsongeorgejan - 2012-06-06 15:13

      @gift-Agreed, the comments here are emotive due to the fact that the woman lost her father. But the fact is she was driving recklesly thus endangering the lives of other road users. If she would have stopped for a few minutes and explained to the officer as she is obliged by law this episode would have been avoided.

      christopher.fisher.5220 - 2012-06-06 15:32

      @ watsongeorgejan : Well said Buddy.

      Lacrimose - 2012-06-06 21:51

      If she did cause a fatal accident and continued on her way, then I could understand excessive force. Not causing an accident and ending up in an hospital parking lot is not enough cause to use force and pepper spray. You can't deal with "what ifs". The law only deals with what happened.

      Martin - 2012-06-08 12:19

      There are certain times when the law is null and void, ambulances should be governed to 120 then and not 140, police cars should also obey their own laws, vip security should escape a deadly situation without crossing a solid line or exceeding the speed limit. with or with out lights and sirens, government should stop stealing, the church brought to task on ancient war crimes and torture charges. se had a legit reason for the speeding, i would do the exact same thing in her position

  • nigel.burgess.52 - 2012-06-06 14:45

    Unfortunately the use of Hazard Warning lights on a motor vehicle is not a license to drive as an emergency vehicle would when responding to an emergency. It seems some people don't realise that. It is not the civilian version of a blue light. Hazard lights are meant to be used when for example you are stuck on the road for some reason, so people are alerted to the fact that you are now a road hazard. I would have done exactly the same as this woman, but then accept the consequences if I were caught. I also feel it's only reasonable for the traffic officer to have asked for the reason, and thereafter allowed her to go and see her father. After that, he could have arrested her, or for that matter just issue a ticket. Why is it that our Law enforcement officers feel they have to arrest everyone? Traffic violations are 'minor' offences. Is it because she was White? If not why? It is at the officers discretion whether an arrest is necessary, or even if he should prosecute or not. They do not have to. Under these circumstances a stern warning would have sufficed.

      Clayton Richard Delport - 2012-06-06 15:00

      Try again! And don't collect your 50cents, she was using her hazards because she was in an emergency, which she was a hazard on the road! Show some compassion instead of ignorance, hazards are there for warning other drivers and pedestrians, that is was she used it for.....

      nigel.burgess.52 - 2012-06-06 15:32

      Clayton Richard Delport - Read my post again and you will find plenty of compassion. Thereafter, go and read up on Hazard Warning lights and tell us where it states you can use them to drive recklessly to an emergency. "He then chased her on the N12 after he noticed reckless driving that obstructed oncoming traffic". Now - you try again.

      oom.kosie.9 - 2012-06-06 20:38

      Charges were dropped - thus she was not drving recklessly.

  • Jimmy - 2012-06-06 14:51

    Spoiled!

  • chris.e.dutoit - 2012-06-06 14:52

    What a pathetic country we are living in, its a shame that an officer of the law whom when I used to be a little girl, was taught that they are there to protect and help us, are now the people we are afraid of. This poor woman's last chance to say good buy forever has been taken from her, its a shame, a month ago, on the 2nd of May, my 54 year old mother had a massive stroke, I realised it when I called her and she couldn't speak, hear or see anymore, she was alone at home, we jumped in the car and raced to her home about 20km from us, we skipped every red robot, and at the one there was a metro police car going the opposite direction, as we speeded over the red light, we flashed him to get his attention, thinking he could help us, he made a u-turn and we thought he will be following is, witch he didn't, he just disappeared, so thank you for no help when it was needed.

  • Richard - 2012-06-06 15:00

    She forgot to put on her blue lights.

  • Norman - 2012-06-06 15:04

    Why arresting her at entrance of hospital.Rather than allow her to say goodbye to her dad and wait till she comes out.Speeding with hazzards and headlights on to an hospital gives a normal person an indication something is wrong that's why she is speeding but to me it,s not reckless Did she jump red robots ext.

      melvyn.wheeler - 2012-06-06 16:28

      With all that went before, would she still have been in time to see her Dad alive?.....just asking

  • Zuko - 2012-06-06 15:06

    The woman was speeding, for what ever reason, it is against the law! Traffic police have the right to arrest any citizen caught breaking the law! PERIOD! Whether the police man did assault her or not or how badly is pretty much up to the courts to decide if it was within justice or not. I truly believe that all of this could have easily been avoided had the woman taken the extra 2 - 3min to pull over and explain to the police man her reason for speeding and possibly been offered the required escort to the hospital making up he lost minutes! We are so quick to judge the very same people who actually are there to make our lives safer on the road (forgetting racial issues, corruption etc)... add a little emotional drama and we suddenly have the right to break the law... in this case speed along a public road putting everyone else life at risk! Come on!

      Clayton Richard Delport - 2012-06-06 15:35

      That's the problem, your concept involves very little to do with the situation that unfolded, it was 120 km , he got her by the hospitals door, it was not a little emotional drama it was her father passing away, put your hand on your chest and see if your heart is there

      Zuko - 2012-06-06 15:41

      Clayton - The last speeding fine i got, i could have sworn that i wasn't doing more than 60km/h!

      Clayton Richard Delport - 2012-06-06 15:48

      How did you pass your drivers? Where do the give you a fine for doing 60 or under

      Zuko - 2012-06-06 16:38

      OMG, do i need to spell it out?? and then you go along degrading people with 'Free Education'!

      Dee - 2012-06-06 23:21

      Clayton - I put my hand on my heart and wonder how long her father had been in the process of passing away ... and how much time before her reckless drive she had to make her love, peace and goodbyes - whilst he was still compos mentus. And a 2 minute pull over to ask the officer to escort her was all it would have taken ... I would express the same view if e.g. she had found out that a child had been critically injured in an accident and rushing to a hospital. The lesson for us all: 1. Make your peace with all loved ones before they are taking their last gasp. 2. Don't assume that a traffic cop can read your mind or panic gestures.

      kalla.dinkelmann - 2012-06-07 05:41

      Hi,do you remember the white cop that pulled over Winnie Mandela(for speeding and reckless driving)well he got fired.Is that fair?sorry just asking.

  • Tokoloshi - 2012-06-06 15:06

    There are always three sides to a story people....If you're going to break the law & rush around in your car, even with a good reason, best you be prepared to be polite & co-operative with the Po-po. They do not have a sense of humour, and are not able to guess what all your gesticulating & flashing lights are supposed to mean.

      vian.kroon - 2012-06-06 16:12

      Tokoloshi.. What does flashing lights on a car means?

      nettie.potgieter.5 - 2012-06-06 23:07

      Vian they use flashing lights to say happy birthday to one another!

  • Tokoloshi - 2012-06-06 15:16

    And why is it that all these racism Trolls come out of the wood work on these forums?! Seriously people! Get a life! Do you sit online ALL day waiting for an opportunity to spew your bigoted vitriol and try justify your existence?! Either apply to emigrate to NZ or Aus already, or go back to the little village that you came from & let us Adults talk on these forums, OK?!

  • Quantronium - 2012-06-06 15:36

    Tough luck!, [enough said!!!]

  • nigelwp - 2012-06-06 15:41

    That lady could hav stopped and xplained 2 the cop what the situation was! Any cop would hav acted the way he did! How many time would have been spared if she stopped and informed on what the situation was.how many lives did she endangered on a public road by driving recklessly? Fficers is not that unreasonable!!!

      TheGoat - 2012-06-08 11:41

      exactly. unfortunately most people here seem to be lacking in basic mental function never mind common sense.

  • DonMzito - 2012-06-06 15:43

    Poor cop is not a fu@kn psychic.

      Clayton Richard Delport - 2012-06-06 15:47

      He is obviously not observant aswell

      nigel.burgess.52 - 2012-06-06 16:44

      Well he's also not a reasonable person either, and showed no sympathy for the woman's situation, and that is a very poor show for an officer of the Law. As I said, they are not compelled to arrest everything that moves. They are allowed to exercise discretion, but of course this is lost amongst the less intelligent. A little bit of power and they go throwing their weight around just because they can - a sign of a very small man.

      donald - 2012-06-08 08:36

      if someone is racing to a hospital with hazzards on is that not common sense that there may be something wrong.

      TheGoat - 2012-06-08 11:44

      Aaah so next time I rob a bank I should just drive in the direction of a hospital with my hazards on and the cops will leave me alone. Dont be retarded all of you. The cop had no way of knowing what was happening and if she had stopped for 30 seconds to explain she might have had a chance. Speeding, endangering others lives as well as her own, ignoring police attempts to pull you over. And then you bitch about minimal force? Not the cops job to do anything other than he did.

  • Ntombizakhona Nkosi - 2012-06-06 15:48

    she was on high speed as if she was gonna save her father's life She broke the law that's all no civil claims la

  • Siyaz - 2012-06-06 15:48

    We must stop blaming people for doing their job ,she should have stopped immediately soon as she was instructed to by the officer as so stated in the law, explained herself then the officer would have to use his discretion,yes her father was dying so ? Does that give her the right to endanger other motorists lives? Let's stop blaming our poor civil servants for doing their job correctly! Let her go and sue she'll just waste her money ,she deserved what she got!

      Nicolaas - 2012-06-08 00:48

      @Siyaz, does the taxi drivers stop immediately when they are instructed too! This cop was looking for easy lunch money, hence his chase and when he see that she parked in an area where he cannot force a bribe out of her, he/she decided to arrest her. I bet you she would have been taken around a corner, and after handing over a hamburger and coke money, would have been released with a smile!!!!!!!!

  • charlie.tshangana - 2012-06-06 15:52

    Im sure if the lady explained her situation to the cop,he wud have given her a blue light escort to the hospital

  • Mishack Mmola - 2012-06-06 16:04

    If you watch ' why i ran 'program from USA incidents then u can understand the woman and the cop n blame no body. i did the same thing n the cops stopped me m had to stop n explained my situation n they told me to exercise extra care whilst trying to b on tym not miss my plane, n let me go. we live in a country where crime is rampant n ignoring any abnormal driving or so, however subtle it may be, wil b too ignorant. The woman was also right to rush n get to her father, its an emotional situation, she cant help but ready to even die on the road just for her to see her father bfr anything, and she is not expected to think wide here, she is already mentally disturbed upon receiving the call frm the hospital, she cannot do whatever u r might be suggesting now becoz u r not speaking or thinking frm the same mental state. If she got to the hospital safely, thank God, n the cop did a good job by following or chasing. on one episode of why i ran the couple was rushing to the hospital wen the chase begun, n the woman being rushed happened to start giving birth n the man stopped , the cop had also caught up with them n instead of arresting he had to help deliver the baby as it vivid why they rushed. so the cop is rigth to give a chase n the woman is right to rush to her father.

      nettie.potgieter.5 - 2012-06-06 23:01

      America is not SA. Woman are afraid to stop for cops, as they will get raped and this person sound like a very scary person

      TheGoat - 2012-06-08 11:48

      @nettie: bullsh@t. she didnt stop co she was scared. she didnt stop coz she was hysterical and didnt care

  • Konanani - 2012-06-06 16:43

    What if she ran over ur father racing to say goodbye 2 her father?

      TheGoat - 2012-06-08 11:51

      @Nicolaaaaaaaas: Wow is it fun in racist stupidville? U must be so proud of being elected mayor. Back on the wagon with you clutchie

  • Riaan - 2012-06-06 17:01

    Interesting to see how all the black people here blindly defends this metro cop. Metro police are well known for their arrogance and incompetency. It's more than likely a problem of communication, or the cop was just not listening to what she was trying to tell him.

      arne.verhoef - 2012-06-06 20:46

      Way bring race into it? Ive been pulled over in an emergency, with a black metro police officer completly understanding and driving in convoy with me, clearing the way. Ive been stopped for doing 70 in a sixty by a white ou and the way he treated me felt like I committed a murder, with the arrogance shining through. Get past your racial handicap dude. Dont always blame another race/culture/religion/person. You and others like you are whats setting this country behind.

      John - 2012-06-20 19:20

      I, (with tongue in cheek,) thought that only white people could be racist.

  • Neal Sing - 2012-06-06 17:34

    minimum force or not.Her family lay dying.I would also be irate if my family was in that situation.a better trained less arrogant officer would recognise that.also the fact that she stopped at a hospital would indicate something wrong.Dumb Incompetent

  • Manu - 2012-06-06 17:49

    Imagine you are the traffic cop an you see this car driving erratically at 120 km/h with it's lights flashing. Why should you assume that the person is on a medical emergency mission? It could be anything. What more you drive aside the vehicle and the driver is making strange gestures at you and not slowing down! So now you are being led on a chase of a driver who you think might be out of their mind. The chase finally ends at a hospital. You get out of your car preparing to make an arrest (after all you have been chasing this person). The driver also gets out of the car and starts swearing at you because you have told her that she was driving recklessly and that she faces imminent arrest. You now have to effect the arrest because the driver has refused to cooperate. C'mmon people, the cop wasn't so unreasonable. If this had been the US and she had acted the way she had done, the following would have happened: - there would be a convoy of police vehicles chasing her (all of it being televised) - outside the hospital police would order her to get out of the car and lie on the ground - after swearing and refusing to comply she would be tasered or shot

      Ted - 2012-06-08 08:58

      The cop acted reasonably. Most people believe that since she was a 'woman' he should have been understanding. They believe she was just standing there like a madonna.

      John - 2012-06-20 19:13

      You should find out what OFFENCES one can be arrested for!\r\nRead the constitutution!\r\nWe are not in the nutty USA this is the more sane RSA and our cops have rules to abide by. Even if they are as you ignorant of these rules!

  • Adil Smit - 2012-06-06 18:49

    Using pepper spray on someone at a hospital entrance?

      Nicolaas - 2012-06-08 00:59

      @DOMKHONA, maybe they should have used pepper spray on this stupid cop, maybe, just maybe, his one briancell would have kicked into action and he could have think for that split second that the lady rushed to hospital, not chasing away from him because she robbed a bank or were dealing in drugs. FFS, why would a person chase o a hospital, any normal human being will immediately realise that something is seriously wrong. Thsi cop must just be donnered up good!

      TheGoat - 2012-06-08 11:54

      @Nicolaaaaaaa: LOL his one briancell hey? Pot. Kettle. nuff said you poor excuse for a human being.

  • Ntombizakhona Nkosi - 2012-06-06 19:05

    Adil this woman was not cooperating, paper spray is used a restraining measure

      nettie.potgieter.5 - 2012-06-06 22:48

      Nonsens man the traffic cop is idiot and a bully

      John - 2012-06-20 19:01

      Have you ever been pepper sprayed?\r\nIt,s assault with the intent to do grevious bodily harm you ignoramus! \r\nSpray some of that chemical in YOUR eyes and get some reality on the subject!

  • arne.verhoef - 2012-06-06 20:05

    Just because you are trying to reach hospital, doesnt mean you can drive like a maniac. Why werent you there in the first place lady? Dont be ridiculous.

      nettie.potgieter.5 - 2012-06-06 22:45

      Your comment is very very stupit. How the hell could she for see that her dad is going to die at that time.

      arne.verhoef - 2012-06-06 23:38

      *stupid

      Nicolaas - 2012-06-08 01:00

      @Arne,are you really that stupid!!! Maybe she should have phoned the ambulance and waited 19 hours like a guy the other day!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Ted - 2012-06-08 08:43

      @Arne. The only comment so far with a bit of thought in it. I want to add another question: What if she caused innocent people and herself harm? Surely you can't drive on the wrong side of the road and expect the police to just wave you by. Sooner rather than later we will all be flashing our lights breaking road rules with all manner of reasons and suing cops left right and centre for enforcing the law. Whatever the circumstances we face, we should always use the road carefully. I actually believe that she was in no state to drive under those circumstances. If you are over exited, too sad/depressed, on drugs or alcohol; you should not be driving a vehicle. I think Arne you are using a brain to think and your detractors are using their kidneys or some other body organs.

  • Alf - 2012-06-06 20:41

    Tiens_van_Greuning: I am sure a few 100 Rand notes would have done the trick!

  • Nicolaas - 2012-06-06 22:51

    @Tiens, nope, you need to pull off to the side of the road, explaining why you drive fast and why the hell your emergency and headlights are flashing in day time. Then you must offer to buy him coffee and whilst you close to the ATM, withdrew at the same time his R 500 bribe money, all while a family memeber is pasing away That is clear communication to traffic cops these days!

  • Shaun Homani - 2012-06-07 00:14

    He should have switched to 'maximum force' for this foolish woman.

  • Anne-Marie - 2012-06-07 06:28

    I have to say I am stunned at some of the comments defending the police officer. Last week people were told that if they felt nervous when being pulled over they should drive to a public place to stop and the police will understand. Does this also mean that those afraid of blue light gangs can also look forward to being pepper sprayed without question as to why they didn't stop?? Give these people a badge to hide behind and they suddenly think they are Rambo. Btw in case you did not notice, she was released without charge which generally indicates no wrongdoing on her part

  • Anne-Marie - 2012-06-07 06:28

    I have to say I am stunned at some of the comments defending the police officer. Last week people were told that if they felt nervous when being pulled over they should drive to a public place to stop and the police will understand. Does this also mean that those afraid of blue light gangs can also look forward to being pepper sprayed without question as to why they didn't stop?? Give these people a badge to hide behind and they suddenly think they are Rambo. Btw in case you did not notice, she was released without charge which generally indicates no wrongdoing on her part

  • Clayton Richard Delport - 2012-06-07 07:16

    You people are pathetic to condem this woman based on what ifs, sit behind ur pc's and make useless comments, fact is her father was dying and if it were me in her situation, I would of done anything to be there, she did not ride anyone over, she was arrested at the hospital door, this country is in trouble because to you people everyone is just a number, it's sad you people have that outlook on life. And for each of the negative comments I hope you are put in that exact same situation and loose your loved ones, maybe then you will show or want want people to show compassion....

      Cindy Mendes - 2012-06-07 13:52

      Agreed, the cop can be very happy she did not take him out... The cop forgot to pack in his 2 good brain sells that morning and she missed the change to say her final goodbye to her dad... Some people won't understand as they don't know what love is and life has just no value to them... It's very sad;-(

  • Paul - 2012-06-07 08:06

    She should have slapped some blue lights on her car's roof...

  • david.diego.14 - 2012-06-07 09:54

    Mr officers u looks like u never get proper training,how can u use a pepperspray for a helpless woman,its looks like u dont know where u must use a pepperspray!!

      Nicolaas - 2012-06-07 20:33

      @David, they know, under their arms where they do not wash!

  • Mondli - 2012-06-07 14:31

    There is no justification for breaking law. If u break law u must be arrested whether u are white or black. Whites condemn this guy just because he is black and the lady is white

      Cindy Mendes - 2012-06-07 17:56

      Sorry I have to disagree this story will be just as sad, upsetting and cruel if this women was black, pink, red or yellow!!!!! Having to go through with the loss of a loved one is not easy and it makes u do funny things... You will never in your life have a change to say I love you or I'm sorry or goodbye to that one person that means the world to you ever again... I'm sorry nun of you know what kind of relationship she had with her dad, good or bad.. U don't know what was their last words to each other and this could have been the one and only moment in time they had to make things right.... Her dad will never know that she was there or had come to say, I'm sorry,I love u, I forgive u or just a simple I'm here for u... That was stolen from them!!! Yes speeding is wrong but people do it everyday with or without an emergency!!! Since when does death say oh please give me 10 more mins cause may baby girl is on her way and she has to drive 60km/per hour and she is really a good girl for not breaking the rules, ten more mins please, she'll be here? What's wrong with u people???? What happened to plain and simple COMPASSION or SYMPATHY for the human race??? Her father is dead, gone, no more with us in the land of the living and all you people want is revenge!!!!! You people are sick!!!! The wheel turns!!! What about the people out there that's doing far more damage out there, murder, rape, child abuse and much more, way it's ok for them to walk free? Stop worrying about petty sh@t and go out and catch the real criminals!!!!

  • Charles Skosana - 2012-06-07 21:19

    The distressing news of a possible death of a love one led to this, the pol official should have gave a poor woman a chance since they were in hospital premises,and effected arrest later on..

  • jody.beggs - 2012-06-08 08:43

    It must be easier to arrest a woman driver than an armed criminal. Soft target need to be put on hold and focus and harder crimes , syndicates , drug pedlar's not drug users! Or is there another reason why crime is so high. ..... Corruption. Have you payed your bribe today ? Damn the man.

  • NeoAcheron - 2012-06-08 11:39

    I would imagine that if I got into her situation and the cops start chasing that they would assume that its a medical emergency if I stopped at a hospital. What the hell is wrong with these cops? Do they have absolutely no common sense or any grey matter?

  • Ainsley - 2012-06-08 11:54

    My friend was stabbed in a bathroom while being robbed. Two puncture wounds aimed for his heart- and that were pretty damn close as we found out at the hospital! I rushed him to hospital, and while I was doing in excess of 180kmh, I saw a police car on the road, stopped for 30 seconds just to tell him my friend had been stabbed, was in the back seat and I needed to get to the hospital.....guess what he did -------> MADE SURE THERE WASN'T ANOTHER CAR IN MY WAY BY ESCORTING ME!!! Bunch of ignorant idiotic hypocrites that want to justify lawlessness based on emotion. That's why we have laws- to govern people> That's why you have crimes of passion separated from petty crimes. Its the law for a reason. I didn't read anything about a taxi driver in hear, so shut up. I didn't read anything about him sitting in the shade, and pulling her over when she passed so he could force a bribe out her. He did what he was supposed to. You criticize when they don't, and now you criticize when they do????

      Carla - 2012-06-08 12:49

      Well said Ainsley.

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