S. African Cops Drag Man by Van, Face Murder Inquiry

Onlookers capture it on video

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 28, 2013 1:11 PM CST

(Newser) – Police in South Africa have a reputation for using excessive force, but an official watchdog panel says it is still "shocked" by this footage: Witnesses captured video of officers in Daveyton tying a man to the back of a police van and dragging him down the street, reports AFP. The victim, 27-year-old taxi driver Mido Macia, was finally brought to the local jail, and fellow inmates tell the Daily Sun of South Africa that police then beat him in his cell, where he was found dead hours later. The police watchdog panel has opened a murder investigation.

Macia, from Mozambique, apparently got into an argument with multiple officers over where his taxi was parked; police say he got aggressive and tried to disarm an officer, though witnesses dispute the claim. Amnesty International calls the video "shocking," reports the Guardian.

A frame grab from the video. The officers soon dropped the man's legs to the ground as the van sped up.
A frame grab from the video. The officers soon dropped the man's legs to the ground as the van sped up.   (YouTube)
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