South African police bound taxi driver Mido Macia’s hands to the rear of a van and then took off, dragging him on the pavement as onlookers helplessly watched. He was later found dead.
The graphic video below captures the horrific scene as uniformed South African police officers detained Macia, 27, and tied him to the bumper of their marked police van. At times they hold his feet and his lower half does not drag, but then they simply drop him onto the ground.
As this video made its way onto the Internet, the worldwide response has been outrage and disgust at the level of police violence. “They are there for safety, but we as a people fear them more,” said Johannesburg resident Alfonso Adams. “You don't know who to trust anymore."
Police in the video show no concern for the people who had gathered behind them. Many onlookers who witnessed the scene in the Daveyton township shouted at the police and warned them that they were being videotaped.
On video several onlookers shout in Zulu, “We are going to film this.” Another in Zulu demands to know, “What has this guy done?”
Evidence that Macia suffered head and upper torso injuries, including internal bleeding, has launched a murder probe by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate, a police watchdog agency. The injuries could have stemmed from being dragged behind the vehicle or possible beatings he received afterwards.
“As horrific as it is, it is not exceptional. Hardly a week goes by without such stories of brutality," said national director of Lawyers for Human Rights Jacob van Garderen. The reputation of the police force has been under scrutiny in recent years amid allegations that officers lack training. Some have been charged with rape and murder.
While National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega "strongly condemned" what happened, several experts told the Associated Press that using a shoot-to-kill approach to crime and violence has been increasing in South Africa over the last few years.
Source: Huffington Post