8 Cops Who Dragged Man From Truck Suspended
South Africa's Jacob Zuma: incident 'horrific' and 'unacceptable'
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Mar 1, 2013 4:56 AM CST
A frame grab from video of the incident.   (YouTube)

(Newser) – Eight South African police officers have been suspended after being caught on video dragging a man from the back of a pickup truck, Reuters reports. The station commander is set to be removed, a commissioner says. "We would like to assure the country and the world that what is in the video is not how the South African Police Service in a democratic South Africa goes about it," she adds, noting her "extreme shock and outrage," per the AP.

Meanwhile, President Jacob Zuma weighed in on the incident, whose victim was later found dead in detention. "The visuals of the incident are horrific, disturbing, and unacceptable. No human being should be treated in that manner," he said. It was a "tragic death of a man in the hands of the police." The country has a reputation for police brutality; some 1,200 people die in custody each year, Reuters notes.

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Mar 1, 2013 10:23 PM CST
Are those the same cops that beat him to death in his cell? Drag all the cops that were involved...an eye for an eye.
Mar 1, 2013 6:19 PM CST
September '77 Port Elizabeth weather fine It was business as usual In police room 619...
Mar 1, 2013 4:40 PM CST
Makes you wonder about South Africa's government, which turns a blind eye to routine police brutality and murder. No internal investigation will clean up this mess.