Friday, 1 March 2013

Man dragged behind South African police van dies in custody

South African police were caught on video dragging a man hundreds of meters from the back of a pick-up truck, hours before he died in custody, drawing a storm of protest against a force accused of routine brutality.

The 27 -year-old man, a taxi driver, Mido Macia from neighboring Mozambique, was towed for some distance and then later found dead in nearby Daveyton police station with signs of head injuries and internal bleeding, according to an initial post report released.

The incident, videotaped on Tuesday and broadcast nationwide on Thursday, was condemned by President Jacob Zuma and opposition politicians.
Mobile phone footage shows Mr Macia in a red t-shirt talking to two police officers, while a crowd watches on. It soon turns into a scuffle and two other officers arrive to help restrain Mr Macia.
He is seen sitting on the road, his hands cuffed behind his head to a police van, when the vehicle starts moving and two officers carry his feet but the van starts moving too quickly. The officers drop Mr Macia's feet and the van drives away dragging him behind it.

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