|SA Police during riots
The parents of Nathaniel, who were heavily depressed said that their son had gone out to buy biscuits when he was shot in Johannesburg’s Eldorado Park Area.
“These Officers will be charged with murder and possibly defeating the ends of justice”, said the police Spokesman.
The family member said that Julius was shot because he failed to answer officers’ questions. However, they added that this was because of his disability.
The police initially said Julius had been caught up in a shootout between officers and local gangsters.
The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) said it had decided to arrest the officers after when it gathered all evidences.
Police used rubber bullets and stun grenades to disperse the protesters who had blocked the streets whilst burning tyres and destroying people’s properties.
South African police is oftenly accused of using excessive powers . Forces have been accused of killing other 10 people this year while enforcing a lockdown imposed to halt the spread of coronavirus.
“We can’t say Black Lives Matter in the United States if we don’t say it in South Africa,” said one the Faith Leaders.
Nathaniel Julius’ death has shocked many, not just in South Africa but also around the world.
His killing has touched a special nerve in the US where there have been months of protests over police brutality. Several US personalities have also spoken out in different social media platforms about Julius’ death.
Here in South Africa, his community is outraged and they are only to see justice taking it’s course.
Even in the face of these arrests, few are encouraged that anything will change. That resignation to violence is one of this society’s great tragedies.
People rejoiced when they heard that the accused police officers were in chains.
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