Video of a policeman ‘manhandling’ a woman went viral

Video of a policeman ‘manhandling’ a woman went viral

- A Milnerton police officer was caught on camera holding a woman's shirt up whilst calling for back-up

- The victim, Prudence, has no criminal record and is extremely upset about the way in which she was treated

- Western Cape police have yet to give comment on the matter

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Milnerton based South African Police (SAPS) officers got the spotlight after a video that showed a woman being manhandled went viral.

The incident took place at Canal Walk last month following a supposed disagreement between the woman and officers.

The video shows a place officer lifting up a woman’s top which exposed her bra, as he called for back-up.

Prudence McPherson explained in a post on Facebook that her incident unfolded after police officers instructed her to move.

"After I asked him to not demand but instead ask me to move, he blew his top!”

"I literally went through police brutality: pulled by my arm, dragged on a brick floor, slammed against the police van, forced into the van, shaken to the point of unconsciousness, just pulled along vigorously wherever he went... n eventually was choked by my own hoodie while standing half naked.”

"When his backup arrived, five male officers, with no knowledge of what had just happened (confessing to it as well), threw my a** in their van.”

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“I slept at Milnerton police station that night. Did fingerprints n 'mugshots' [and] was to appear in court on March 7, 2018 but after prosecutors examined his statement and then my video, his [officer] story* did not add up n my case was thrown out". learnt that McPherson does not have a criminal record and that she expressed her concerns strongly against the officer.

"I still experience disturbing feelings n flashbacks of this whole traumatic event. I still cry n have hightend anxiety attacks. Hate to admit this, but this affected me in more ways than I ever thought it would.”

The Western Cape police have not given comment.

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