#GETWHAT YOU GIVE: Church-Goers Attack, Beat And Disarm Metro Police Officer For Towing Illegally Parked Car [VIDEO]

JMPD vehicle. (File: Supplied)

One person has been arrested after a group of church congregants overpowered, assaulted and disarmed a Johannesburg Metro Police Department officer.

The attack took place on Sunday just before midday, JMPD spokesperson chief superintendent Wayne Minaar said.

He said the officer and his colleague towed an illegally parked car that was causing traffic congestion. The car belonged to a member of a church on Claim Street in Hillbrow.

“From interim investigations, it is believed that the JMPD officer drew his firearm and fired into the air to stop the rioting congregants from advancing toward them, but the crowd did not heed the warning but proceeded to attack the officer.”

 Minaar said the group overpowered and disarmed the officer “who was beaten and left unconscious and had to be rushed to Milpark Hospital”.

An arrest was made when the assailants went to hand in the officer’s firearm at Johannesburg Central Police Station, he said.

“Upon arrival at the station, one member of the congregation was detained by the [police] for illegally being in possession of a JMPD officer’s firearm.”

Public Safety Member of the Mayoral Committee (MMC) Michael Sun condemned the attack saying officers were doing their job and executing the city’s by-laws.

“We will not allow this attack on our metro police go unprosecuted, the culprits will have to face the full might of the law,” Sun said.

The second officer was not injured.

 

FOOTAGE OF CHURCH GOERS ATTACKING JMPD IN JHB CBD EARLIER. Media Statement12 November 2017JMPD officer attacked while enforcing City's By-lawThe City of Joburg's Public Safety Department strongly condemns the attack on a JMPD officer and a driver of JMPD tow truck shortly before midday on Sunday, 12 November 2017. The attack took place when the two officials hooked up a illegally parked car which belongs to a member of a church on Claim Street Hillbrow as it was causing traffic congestion. From interim investigations, it is believed that the JMPD officer drew his firearm and fired into the air to stop the rioting congregants from advancing toward them, but the crowd did not heed the warning but proceeded to attack the officer. The mob over powered and disarmed the officer, who was beaten and left unconscious and had to be rushed to Milpark Hospital. The assilants went to hand in the firearm at Johannesburg Central Police Station. Upon arrival at the station, one member of the congregation was detained by the SAPS for illegally being in possession of a JMPD firearm. Public Safety MMC Michael Sun strongly condemns the mob attack on the metro police when officers are doing their job and executing City's By-laws. "We will not allow this attack on our Metro Police go unprosecuted, the culprits will have to face the full might of the law", said MMCSun. This incident will be investigated and the the culprits will be brought down to face prosecution. The Department wishes the officer, who is still being treated in hospital, a speedy recovery. Issued by Wayne Minnaar and Edna Mamonyane for Joburg Public Safety Department.

Julkaissut Intelligence Bureau SA 12. marraskuuta 2017

By:  Kaveel Singh/News24

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