On 30 June 2010, two police officers were arrested over the death of Khaled Mohammed Said. Khaled Mohammed Said, 28, was brutalised to death by two plainclothes policemen in the city of Alexandria, Egypt - on 6 June 2010. Khaled has become the face of Eyptian police brutality.
The death of Khaled Mohammed Said sparked protests against Egyptian police brutality and demonstrations against the death of the young Egyptian. During a protest in Cairo, police beat and arrested protesters, but many were undeterred.
Despite the police crackdown on demonstrators and protesters, many have refused to be silenced. Human rights activists and groups like Amnesty International have continued to demand justice!
Following the death of Khaled Mohammed Said, demonstrations, protests and criticisms of the Egyptian government for alleged impunity - for rampant police brutality have not been in vain.
Two police officers were arrested over the death of Khaled Mohammed Said - 24 days after the murder. The two police officers - Mahmud Salah Amin and Awad Ismail Suleiman were arrested on charges of "illegal arrest, using physical torture and brutality"; not murder.
It is worth mentioning that official autopsy results revealed that Khaled Mohammed Said died from suffocation (asphyxiation) - after swallowing a bag of marijuana. As ridiculous this may sound, Egypt's State Prosecutor maintained the same view.
Photos of yet another battered and disfigured victim of Egyptian police brutality - Khaled Mohammed Said surfaced on the internet. Drawing from the photographic evidence - does suffocation leave victims bruised, bloodied and disfigured - with broken teeth and shattered jaws?
No doubt, the fact that two police officers have been arrested over the death of Khaled Mohammed Said, signals a move in the right direction. But a lot more needs to be done to put an end to rampant police brutality in Egypt. The perpetrators should be tried in an impartial court of law and should bear the full weight of the law - over the premature death of Khaled Mohammed Said.
Photos: Khaled Said Facebook page.
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