Police outraged at latest brutality incident

2014-12-03 18:31
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Cape Town - Western Cape police are outraged at the latest incident of brutality caught on camera, after police were filmed manhandling a Cape Town granny.

Police spokesperson Tembinkosi Kinana said after viewing the horrific clip an investigation was launched and preliminary findings indicated that the assailants were police officials based in Kraaifontein.

The clip shows Roseline Appolis, a granny of 11, as she is “roughly arrested” on Sunday 23 November after intervening in a street fight when her daughter was slapped.

eNCA reported  that the footage, which was recorded on a cellphone by one of the bystanders, shows Appolis lying on the ground surrounded by a group police. One can be seen stepping on her head as he “climbs over” her.

Community members watching this can be heard swearing at the police and urging those with camera phones to take photos.

A man screams in Afrikaans that he is her son and that they should rather hit him.
Appolis is then dragged by her pants into the police van.

YouTube users have labelled the police as “total scum”.

Another user said: “How can that cop stand and walk on the woman's head? THAT is Police Brutality!!!”

Paul Byron posted on YouTube: “Was that a policeman standing on her neck? That would make 3 policemen travelling in a 2 seater police vehicle. Very unusual.”

According to the news broadcaster Appolis was arrested and appeared in court on 25 November, and told to go to hospital, because without a medical certificate she would be unable to lay a complaint against the police.

Kinana said: “Contact has been made with the victim in an effort to encourage her to open a criminal case against the police officials. A process is currently under way to institute internal disciplinary steps against the members involved.”

Western Cape Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Arno Lamoer has described the incident as “unbecoming behaviour by police officials”.

He said: “What infuriates one is that this incident occurs at a time when there is heightened awareness on violence against vulnerable groups such as women, children and the elderly. We undertake to ensure that the investigation is conducted in a fair and just manner.”

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