Police deny brutality claims after Phoenix video

2015-12-02 12:29
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Police have denied claims of brutality after a video emerged this week on social media showing officers arresting a woman in Westham, Phoenix, north of Durban.WATCH

Durban – Police have denied claims of brutality after a video emerged this week on social media showing officers arresting a woman in Westham, Phoenix, north of Durban.

In the video, motorists can be heard calling on police to leave the woman alone. As two officers attempted to bring the woman to her feet, a scuffle can be seen.

Thereafter, a third man, who appears to also be a police officer, assisted the other two officers in carrying the woman into the back of the police van while she fiercely resisted.

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Police spokesperson Major Thulani Zwane, late on Tuesday denied any brutality, saying the woman was drunk.

“We have taken note of the video that is going viral in the Phoenix area. A group of people were drinking [in public] at Westham area, Phoenix when a couple started to fight with each other. The police officers, who were driving past, was informed of the situation and attended to it,” Zwane said.

“The victim, who was heavily under the influence of alcohol, started to fight with the members, demanding that the police must fetch her handbag from her boyfriend. Back-up was called for, and two other officers came to assist.

Zwane said they managed to calm the victim down, but then she got aggressive again while they were talking to her.

"The members put her at the back of the vehicle and took her to her home as she was under the influence. There was no brutality by the police and there was no wrongdoing during this incident. At this stage there is no case relating to the alleged police brutality that has been reported,” Zwane said.

Police on Wednesday confirmed that the woman was not charged.

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