“There were several cars blocking the intersection, and a whole bunch of us had to drive around a truck,” Stopforth said.
This is when an Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department (EMPD) officer pulled them over.
“He kind of stuck half of his body in my window and wanted to know why I drove around the truck.”
But then, things got out of hand.
Stopforth said he told the officer that he didn’t want to cause an obstruction and was well within his rights. However, the officer walked around his vehicle, checked to see if he had any outstanding fines and checked the registration number.
According to Stopforth, the officer used foul language, which is why his girlfriend recorded the incident.
“He told us we were being clever, then grabbed my licence and walked away. He didn’t write me a ticket; he just walked off with my licence.”
“I got out of my vehicle and followed him, switched on my phone and at this stage I realised that he had no identification, no name, rank or anything to identify him as an officer of the law.”
When Stopforth asked the Ekurhuleni metro police officer his name, the police officer slapped the phone out of Stopforth’s hand.
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But the slap wasn’t the last thing the couple had to deal with. Stopforth said the officer then threatened his girlfriend.
“He said that he will throw her in the van, teach her a lesson and show her what kind of officer he is.”
When SAPS officers arrived at the scene, the EMPD official drove off. They pursued him but to no avail.
“We can’t track the guy down. He still has my driver’s licence. We can’t just do nothing about it; people like this get away with this type of behaviour when people don’t act,” Stopforth said.
Spokesperson for EMPD, Lieutenant-Colonel Wilfred Kgasago, said he had seen the video of the incident and that department will be taking statements from both the motorist and the police officer.
Stopforth, on the other hand, opened cases of common assault, two cases of damage to property and one case of theft at the Edenvale police station.