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
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(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.

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Mar 1, 2013 7:08 AM CST
Ditto This is so awful that something so violent can happen anywhere in the world today… They should have let him get loose.. Go on an evil vindictive man hunt..Have several shooting sprees along the way..Shoot up bystander that have similar vehicles.Pin him down in a House..And Burn the House down around him.. That REAL how real Men do it..…
Feb 28, 2013 10:55 PM CST
The entire of Africa is a crap hole and we should stop pouring money into that place.
Feb 28, 2013 6:17 PM CST
And the USA gives all these disgusting countries our tax dollars in aid.