Brendan Seery
Deputy Editor
3 minute read
31 Aug 2020
8:03 am

Lokkie was no threat to any trained, armed, policeman

Brendan Seery

How on earth can you shoot a 16-year-old boy with a hollow-point round?

Eldorado Park residents take part in a demonstration at the Eldorado Park Police Station, 30 August 2020, in protest over the death of Nathaniel Julius, a 16-year-old boy with down syndrome, who was shot and killed by a police officer last week. Picture: Michel Bega

As she sat on the small shabby sofa, she couldn’t talk about what happened. So one of her male relatives told me what the cops had said to her about finding the body of her mentally-impaired son on the railway line nearby. “Come and take your rubbish away!” were the exact words to the shocked mother. I was shocked, too. But the people in the small, poverty stricken household in the Daxina section of Lenasia (then it was where the poorer people in the “Indian” suburb lived) were not shocked at all. This is how they – poor and seemingly...