Egyptian activists have posted a video online that depicts an Egyptian police officer attempting to attack a detained citizen and threatening him with rape.
The video posted on the website of the privately-owned Egyptian daily Youm 7 shows a point of view shot of an inmate behind bars with a police officer verbally abusing him.
However, when the police officer realized he was being filmed by the detainee, he approached the cage and started threatening the prisoner.
The officer shouted at Mohammed al-Sayed saying he will “break his phone” and “rape him” if he does not stop recording, the newspaper said.
Al-Sayed replied back “you will take my phone because I’m recording the truth,” a statement which can be heard in the video in Arabic.
The video went viral on Egyptian social media.
The newspaper reported on Wednesday that al-Sayed originally went to the police station to report a car accident.
Al-Sayed and a mini-bus driver collide on the streets of Egypt but upon reaching the police station for legal procedures agreed to reconcile.
However, the officer, seen in the video, refused to dismiss them, according to the newspaper, which added that the officer instead told them they should have thought it though before coming to the police station in the first place. He later detained al-Sayed, the newspaper reported.
Unwarranted police abuse on Egyptian citizens was one of the reasons for the 2011 uprising against former President Hosni Mubarak.
The government of President Mohamed Mursi is still facing the challenge of reforming Egypt’s interior ministry.
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