Police are now using drones to apprehend suspects and administer non-lethal force: A police chief weighs in

Unmanned aerial vehicles are beginning to occupy our airspace, operated by companies, filmmakers, and hobbyists. A new law in North Dakota places guidelines on use for law enforcement. Drones have been used in the military, for commercial purposes, and for personal use, yet rules surrounded registration and laws remain vague. American law enforcement is now integrating unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) into the police force. In North Dakota, a recent bill allows for non-lethal drone use on police drones (for example, using rubber bullets, tear gas, and pepper spray).

Bullies in blue: When cops stoop to criminal tactics

Police brutality has spiralled out of control, with torture and alleged executions becoming commonplace. The Sunday Times investigates SA’s police gone rogue The road to Msinga Top takes you through stony valleys and past scattered settlements rising high into mountains where goats nibble on sparse scrub. Retired teacher Ntombana Malinga has lived in this remote corner of KwaZulu-Natal all her life. At 98, she thought she’d seen it all. But on June 3, her world imploded.

‘F@#k you black people’ – yells cop who had just been caught shoplifting

 A pair of police officers got caught shoplifting at the Vodacom store in Cradlestone Mall.  The warrant officer and a constable, were caught red handed with a set of head phones and a USB modem according to the Krugersdorp News. One of the officers claimed that she would call her boyfriend, another police officer and her boss. The Krugersdorp News later found out that she was allegedly in a relationship with her station commander.

Former Cape Town police appear on assault charges

Two former police officers filmed allegedly kicking a naked Nigerian man appeared in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court.   David Gunn, 43, and Gerrit Januarie, 46, both of whom were warrant officers at the time of the alleged incident, appeared before magistrate Alta Frederick on a charge of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm.

Tshwane confirms Zuma metro cops escort

The City of Tshwane on Monday confirmed that its metro police department had escorted President Jacob Zuma and deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe out of the province for an ANC election campaign last week. “Yes, we can confirm that… but we are denying the amount stated,” said Tshwane municipality spokesman Blessing Manale. “And we don’t think we should disclose the operational cost.”

Cops, residents clash in Bekkersdal

What began as a peaceful protest on Tuesday turned into a violent battle between police and residents of Bekkersdal, west of Joburg. Rubber bullets were fired as residents embarked on their third service delivery protest since September. Roads were barricaded with rocks, blocks of concrete, trees and burning tyres. Police Hippos roamed the streets, and wherever they would find a crowd, regardless of whether residents were armed with rocks or not, fired at them with rubber bullets.

R800 bribe gets you out of fine

A 70-year-old man from Rivonia was forced to pay an R800 bribe on Allandale Road on 11 October. His daughter, Gabrielle Cowling, spoke on behalf of him, as he wished to remain anonymous. Cowling said, “My father was stopped at a roadblock at Allandale offramp towards midday by police and Metro police officers. A Metro police officer, who was not wearing his badge and name, asked to see my father’s driver’s licence. My father realised he had forgotten his licence at home. He called my mother who got into herRead More

Police seen as corrupt: survey

South Africans view the police service as a corrupt institution in the public sector, a report by Transparency International revealed on Wednesday. In the Global Corruption Barometer 2013, released this week, South Africa was among 36 countries in which the police was seen as the most corrupt institution.   About 83 percent of South Africans believed that police were corrupt. Thirty-six percent admitted to having paid bribes to police.

Zuma refuses probe into police brutality

There is no need for a commission of inquiry into police brutality because the abuses are isolated, President Jacob Zuma said on Wednesday. “The incidents that we all condemn are very few,” Zuma said in response to a question from the Democratic Alliance in the National Assembly. “It does not for now require a commission to investigate that. I don’t think it does. Somebody else might think it does, because there are very specific measures that the minister and the department are taking to deal with these kind of issues.”Read More

Woman raped at police station

A policeman has been arrested after the rape of a woman in Herbertsdale in the Western Cape, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) said on Thursday. The 52-year-old constable, based at Kwanonqaba police station, was taken into custody on Wednesday, Ipid spokesman Moses Dlamini said. Dlamini said he allegedly raped the woman, 49, on the premises of Herbertsdale satellite police station when she went there to report domestic violence on February 15.

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