Policewoman filmed assaulting man

2014-01-16 00:00

A POLICE constable who was filmed as she repeatedly kicked and poked with an iron rod an alleged armed robber, faces possible suspension after the video was posted on YouTube.

The video shows how Constable Marie Els from the Hercules police office in Pretoria interrogates a suspect in the police cells, asking him where the firearm was that a complainant had reported missing. She then kicks him twice.

Sister paper Beeld learned that another suspect in the cells made the video and posted it on YouTube.

In the video another police officer watches as Els interrogates the two men.

Gauteng police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Katlego Mogale said the police communication and disciplinary sections had studied the footage and Els was clearly guilty of misconduct in terms of the police’s disciplinary regulations.

Mogale said the suspects had been arrested in connection with an armed robbery and they must again appear in court on January 26.

Els has received formal notification of the police’s intention to suspend her while the matter is being investigated.

Els yesterday said only one side of the story was being told but she did not know whether she could give her side without damaging her case.

She referred all questions to an officer who had advised her not to comment yet.

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