Teenager with Down syndrome shot dead by police in Eldorado Park
Another unexplained police shooting of a teenager has shaken the community of Eldorado Park, South of Johannesburg.
This comes after 16-year-old Nathaniel Julius was allegedly attacked and shot by police officers on Wednesday, 26 August 2020. The incident happened when he failed to respond to police question. According to his family, Julius had Down syndrome and struggled to speak up.
Reports say that Nathaniel was mistakenly identified to be part of a violent gang, he was shot and then put in the back of a police van and succumbed to his wounds and died in hospital. The shooting has shaken the Eldorado Park community and the rest of South Africa. People took to social media with the hashtag #JusticeForNathanielJulius to show their anger as another unarmed black child has died in the hands of police brutality. The incident is one of million others around the world where the shooting of unarmed black men continues every day.
The community members at Eldorado Park took to the streets wanting justice for Julius and demanding that the police officers responsible for the death of Julius to be brought to book and dealt with accordingly. The protesters were complaining that the police can shoot a young defenseless boy who didn’t do anything but fail to catch the real criminals that torment the community.