No, Bheki Cele, police brutality is not justifiable. Ever

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No, Bheki Cele, police brutality is not justifiable. Ever

The minister’s refusal to condemn disproportionate use of force by the police is extremely dangerous for SA

Deputy features editor: Sunday Times

Is police brutality ever justified? In all the incidents that have dominated the news of late, where state security forces have assaulted and sometimes killed unarmed members of the public — George Floyd, Elijah McClain and others abroad; Collins Khosa, Bulelani Qolani and others in SA — the answer is a big fat no. 

There might, however, be times when it is permissible for the police to use force. That’s what police commissioner Bheki Cele believes, anyway. 

In a press conference two weeks ago, Cele said: “Police are constantly reminded of the human rights framework they work under. Nobody supports police brutality, but police will use proportional force to defend themselves and protect innocent lives. They are also allowed to use deadly force and that is what the law says, not me.”..

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