They took off and drove with these minors around Swakopmund but so recklessly that the children’s lives were threatened. The police then decided to go to a knife-stabbing scene and arrested the attacker and threw him together with the children into the same van.
From there they drove to the police station and started torturing the children by poking some of them constantly in the face and forced them to kneel ‘squad’ against a wall next to each other for longer than 10 minutes.
Some children could not even stand up afterwards because of pain and most of them started crying still not knowing why they are there. They were then taken to a cell and locked up for over half an hour.
The cells are very dirty and in poor condition. Instead of toilets there were plastic bags lying around full of excrement from others. Only after some hours were they released.
No charges; no explanation whatsoever.
One child even asked to go for blood tests to prove that they were not intoxicated with either alcohol or drugs but the police saw him as a trouble-maker for insisting on his rights and that child nearly faced a beating from an officer.
When phoning the police from Windhoek to find out why this happened and that some parents want to lay a charge against the abusive officers, the police officer in Swakopmund just said nothing like this had happened and we must mind our own business. Then she just hung up the phone.
Does the police now have the right to arrest minors and lock them up without a reason? Can the police drive like hooligans with innocent children in the back of a van without considering their safety? Can the police now torture children? Can the police now refuse to open a case against fellow officers?
What bothers me so much is that there are so many accidents this year again and so many more serious crimes but the police rather concentrate on defenseless innocent children.
Those police officers must please try their luck with us parents. Pick on someone your own size, Nampol.
Please still treat this anonymously due to the children still being in Swakopmund and with those officers, they won’t be safe from retribution.