Alleged police brutality leads to death of man in JHB

Police in Kempton Park allegedly arrested a man and suffocated him in the back of their vehicle.

The situation in Kempton Park is tense after police allegedly arrested a man and suffocated him in their vehicle. Picture: Emily Corke/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - At least 300 people have surrounded a police vehicle in Kempton Park, claiming officers killed a man in the area.

Heavily armed police are standing around the car surrounded by angry residents, demanding justice for the murder of their "brother".

The situation in Kempton Park is tense after police allegedly arrested a man and suffocated him in their vehicle.

Police and officials from the Nigerian consulate are pleading with crowds to give forensics the space to examine the man's body.

But people are demanding that forensics take pictures of his body to expose what they claim is ongoing police brutality against Nigerian residents.

A man says this is not the first time this has happened

"The government must look at it otherwise it will cause fights in Africa."

The situation is still tense but officials trying to calm the crowd say three police officers who were involved have been taken into custody.

While details remain sketchy residents are adamant that the police allegedly beat up and suffocated the man after he was found with drugs.

There are ongoing clashes with officers in the area as they try force the crowd away from car.