Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Graphic Video: Cops Beat, Shoot, and Kill an Unarmed Protester

South African police disrupt a peaceful protest march over the supply of drinking water, sewers, and garbage collection, then gang up on an unarmed man, beat him and shoot him twice (with a shotgun) right in front of the camera, killing him.

Jump to 47 seconds for the police to attack the man.


The victim's name was Andries Tatane. The murder happened in April, 2011. Almost one year later, no police investigation was launched. No police officers were charged, neither were any officers fired, and not a single officer, including the one with the shotgun, was even reprimanded.

Mail & Guardian Online has this shocking statistic:

"Media coverage following the killing of Tatane has been quick to highlight the sharp rise in deaths in police custody in the past three years in South Africa. Gareth Newham of the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) reported that the number of people shot dead by police has doubled since 2006. Overall deaths in police custody or resulting from police action, at 860 in the 2009-2010 year, are markedly higher than they were in the five-year period from 2003 to 2008, when they averaged 695 a year.

Not only has the number of people shot dead by police jumped from 281 in 2005-2006 to 521 in 2010, South Africa also has one of the highest recorded rates of homicides by police officers in the world. The United States (overall population of 311-million) had 439 arrest-related homicides by law enforcement personnel in 2006."

Let's repeat that: 860 people died in police custody in South Africa in 2009-10.

South African police shot and killed 521 people in 2010 in a nation of 50 million citizens. The United States, a nation of 311 million citizens (more 6 times the population of South Africa), had 439 homicides by police in 2006 (the last year full stats are available).