‘Drunk’ cop beats four people

2011-03-28 00:00

FOUR local people have alleged that they were attacked by a drunk policeman last Sunday after he collided with one of their vehicles.

As a couple turned into their friends’ driveway in Langalibalele Street on Sunday evening, a car hit the back of their vehicle. When the driver got out to examine the damage, he was allegedly attacked by the driver of the other vehicle.

The couple say the assailant is an off-duty policeman from Bishopstowe who was not in uniform and was allegedly under the influence of alcohol.

The couple asked The Witness not to reveal their names as they fear reprisals.

The person whom the couple had gone to visit ran outside after the crash, and was allegedly punched in the face. Her boyfriend came to assist her and the policeman allegedly started fighting with him too. When the woman tried to intervene, she was allegedly punched in the face again and her glasses were knocked off her face and broken.

The woman from the car got out to see what was happening and the policeman allegedly “backhanded” her and she fell. When the homeowner’s boyfriend went to assist her, the policeman allegedly hit him again. The man lost his balance and fell and the policeman started kicking him on the ground.

“I was shocked,” said the resident. “None of us knew what was happening. The policeman just assaulted whoever came in front of him.”

The policeman allegedly even tried to attack the resident with a brick, but was distracted and did not act on it. All four were injured.

“It was as if he went crazy for five minutes and then just stopped and stood there,” said the resident. “He didn’t move. We were afraid that he might start attacking us again, so we went inside, closed the gate and called the police.”

After about 20 minutes, four policemen passing through the area stopped.

The resident said the police who arrived seemed to be the attacker’s friends. “He wasn’t arrested. There was no breathalyser test done on him. The accident spot was not marked. While we were being taken to hospital, another vehicle arrived and a person removed things from [the allegedly drunk policeman’s] car and put them into their own.

“Then another car came to pick him up, an NPN Corsa that was driven by a woman. He was getting into the car and the policemen didn’t stop him. We had to alert the police that he was getting away.

“I’m really angry, furious,” said the resident. “Nothing has been done to this guy and we are all suffering. We haven’t been to work for a week and he’s fine.”

A detective is investigating the issue and the resident is lodging a complaint with the Independent Complaints Directorate (ICD).

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Joey Jeevan said a common assault case has been opened and the incident is being investigated.

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