“I couldn’t just watch a woman lying on the ground being assaulted by two men.”
That’s how Bradley Steyn, a South African who works as a security consultant and entrepreneur in Los Angeles, said Monday after members of Los Angeles police shot him with a rubber bullet in his scrotum on Sunday.
Steyn, co-author of the book Undercover with Mandela’s Spies: The Story of the Boy Who Crossed the Square about the Strijdom Square massacre by Barend Strydom in 1988, was part of a group of people taking part in a protest on Sunday. They expressed their displeasure over the death of George Floyd a week ago after Floyd was arrested by police in the state of Minneapolis.
He said on Monday he was shot by a police officer after speeding a woman who had been assaulted and assaulted by two police officers armed with steel bumps.
“I just couldn’t stand how they beat the woman with the steel bumps. It’s not in my DNA, ”he said.
Steyn said the woman stumbled and fell into a bed of plants. The two police officers then hit the woman. He ran to the police and managed to get them off the woman with a blow. He could also wrestle one policeman’s steel baton from his hands.
However, while lying on the ground, the second police officer struck him with his steel baton.
The other one, standing about four or five feet away from him, then shot him in his scrotum.
Steyn says he realized he had to get out of there. “I couldn’t stay there so they arrest me.” He said he started running despite the pain. He lost consciousness near a bank of blood and was taken from there to a nearby hospital.
On Monday, he described the US police as brutal and cruel.
“They’re so much cruel and brutal, more than people realize, simply because they know they’re going to get away with their offenses.”
According to Steyn, there is also the element of a right-wing militia pushing up to the country’s capital, waiting only for the slightest sign for them to also contribute to the violation of the rights of ordinary black Americans.
“I have never participated in a demonstration. If I had done that in South Africa at the time, my identity might have become known and my work as a warrior against apartheid would have ended. “
Steyn said he wanted to take his 10-year-old daughter along to the protest so she could see that you could make your voice heard in a peaceful way.
“What would they (the police) have done to her?”
He also read about the people who died in South Africa during the state of containment by police and the army.
“My only fear is that during this period we can move in the same direction as America where the police and military want to show that they will not tolerate nonsense of any person. But where is that going to leave us? With a police service and army and their human rights abuses. A police service and army that reminds us of the apartheid era? “
Steyn posted a photo of him in the hospital on Facebook at 20:36 on Sunday. South Africa is nine hours ahead of America.
Among other things, he says in his entry: “Police brutality in America is out of control. Los Angeles police today were cruel and inhuman to taxpayers who demonstrated peacefully. ” He then writes that he will now be operated on with the hope that his left testicle can be saved after being shot in the scrotum with a rubber bullet.
In another Facebook entry posted at about 11pm South African time, Steyn writes that he was discharged from the hospital after undergoing emergency surgery. “I’m staying at home now. Thank you for all the good wishes. ” He says the rubber bullet tore his left testicle.
On Monday, Steyn said about 40% of his testicle was damaged. He is currently residing at his Los Angeles home.