Number of police brutality cases on the rise

A network of law firms says it’s worked on 240 cases over the past four years.

FILE: ProBono.org says it’s worked on 240 cases of alleged police brutality over the past four years. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - A network of law firms in Johannesburg says they have seen a significant increase in police brutality cases.

ProBono.org says it's worked on 240 cases over the past four years.

Last week, eight former policemen were found guilty of murdering Mozambican Mido Macia, and just days later 10 Gauteng officers were arrested for murder.

Spokesperson Kelly Clark said, "We have noticed that there's an increasing trend in both police brutality and but also people reporting those cases to us. We really believe that it's of vital importance for the public to understand what their rights are when it comes to these instances. As well as what recourse they have if there is a case of abuse."

During a separate incident last week, Douglasdale police were filmed choking a man until he passed out while his friend begged them not to hurt him.

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