Monday, 13 May 2013

VIDEO: Assault on cyclist by diplomat's guards causes uproar in Brooklyn

The video shows the cyclist, Hein van der Merwe, being pushed to the ground by the bodyguards, who allegedly tried to run him off the road. 

Van der Merwe claimed he took photographs of the diplomat, who allegedly threatened him before driving off. This is where the video starts – after the diplomat's bodyguard allegedly knocked Van der Merwe's phone out of his hand and pushed him to the ground.

He claimed that the photographs were deleted and that the police would not take down his statement. This was despite the fact that the driver broke diplomatic protocol by not reporting to the nearest embassy after the altercation.

The video shows Van der Merwe shouting for help while witnesses looked on. The owner of the cellphone, on which the video was recorded, repeatedly shouted for the police to be called before onlookers intervened and helped Van der Merwe up.

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