Cops, obey law or pay!

By admin
29 October 2010

He knew the cops had acted unlawfully when they arrested him after he’d driven through a red traffic light, so Jack Coetzee was confident he’d win his civil court case against the police.

But the judge had also had enough of SAPS and metro police officers arresting people without following correct legal procedures.

In fact Coetzee’s was the third such case Judge Roelof du Plessis presided over that day. So the judge made a watershed ruling: the officers who had arrested and detained Coetzee must pay his legal costs out of their own pockets.

In the past taxpayers have had to carry the costs when the state was sued for unlawful arrest and the individual cops responsible didn’t have to cough up a cent.

Read the full story in YOU, 4 November 2010.

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