Police bully motorist

2010-02-15 00:00

A LOCAL woman has been left traumatised after she was harassed by police officers, allegedly from the Mountain Rise Police Station, yesterday morning while on her way to church. They allegedly tried to push her off the road, swore at her and handcuffed her, after she overtook them at an intersection on Manning Avenue.

Lee-Ann Taylor (32) had to be admitted to Medi-Clinic hospital and was sedated for shock after the incident.

Taylor said she was on her way to her in-laws to pick up her child to go to church when she was attacked by two police officers.

One of the officer’s names is known to The Witness.

Explaining what happened, a sobbing Taylor said she stopped behind a white car at the Manning Avenue intersection, and when the robot changed to green and the car in front of her did not move, she decided to go around it.

“When I moved around them, they started hooting and flashing lights at me and chased me down, trying to force me off the road.”

Taylor said she did not realise that the car was a police vehicle, as it was unmarked and the two men inside it were dressed in plain clothes. She was afraid she was being hijacked.

“Their car was right on top of me and I could not even see their licence plates,” said Taylor.

“There was no siren as they followed me down the road. All they did was flash lights at me.

“While I was driving I kept praying that all the robots were green so I would not have to stop anywhere until I got to my mother-in-law’s house because I was very fearful of what they might do to me.”

She said that when she got to her mother-in-law’s house, two “big” men jumped out of the car and approached her aggressively. She feared they were criminals.

“They pushed me against the car and said that I had violated a traffic light, but I had not violated any traffic-light rules.”

Taylor said the officers subjected her to a barrage of abusive language. “The officer said I was ‘f**king rude’ and I should ‘f**king apologise’.”

They produced handcuffs and placed her under arrest for violating a traffic light, handcuffing her in front of her three-year-old child, who was screaming in fright in the car. The cuffs left red marks on her arms. They later released her without charge.

Her husband, Mario, has decided to take legal action against the police, and yesterday consulted an attorney. He said he identified the police officers at Mountain Rise police station when he went there yesterday.

Police spokesman Vincent Mdunge said the police are not at fault. He said it seems Taylor had broken the law and they were obliged to perform their duty.

“The fact they were not wearing police uniform does not matter. She broke the law, and they were right to arrest her.” Mdunge had not called the officers to verify the incident, and was made aware that Taylor was released after the incident.




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