Man dragged 400m by South African Police vehicle dies in detention

The man, a 27-year-old Mozambican taxi driver identified as Mido Macia, in detention of head injuries and internal bleeding, according to an initial post mortem report. The incident was captured on video by bystanders. The video shows the man scuffling with police, who subdue him. He is then bound to the back of the pick-up by his arms before the vehicle drives off in front of scores of witnesses in the east Johannesburg area of Daveyton. Nine policemen have been arrested and charged with murder.

South African Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega said that the eight officers had been disarmed and suspended and the station commander of the Daveyton Police Station had been removed from his post, as a result of Macia's death on 26 February 2013.

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