Sudanese basketball star, 22, claims he’s the sufferer of police brutality after an officer mistook him for a felony and pepper sprayed him
- Basketball star claimed he’s the sufferer of racial profiling after police altercation
- Akol Deng was strolling via Adelaide CBD when he was stopped by officers
- Deng spent 12 hours in custody earlier than being charged with assaulting police
- Claimed officers focused him because of his race and had been aggressive from the beginning
Basketball star Akol Deng claimed he was racially profiled by police after being pepper sprayed within the Adelaide CBD
A younger basketball star has claimed he was racially profiled by police after being pepper sprayed by an officer who mistook him for a felony.
Akol Deng, 22, was strolling alongside Hindley Road within the Adelaide CBD within the early hours of Monday morning when he was stopped by officers investigating studies of an assault close by.
Police allege they used capsicum spray on Deng – who has skilled with the Adelaide 36ers – after he slapped one of many officers on the arm.
The Sudanese immigrant spent 12 hours in custody earlier than being charged with assaulting police.
The younger athlete although claimed the officers focused him due to his race and had been aggressive from the beginning – even after realising they’d mistaken him for another person.
Deng – who was left bloodied and bruised within the altercation after being tackled to the bottom by police – stated he solely ran away after officers shoved him first.
Deng, 22, was arrested after being stopped by officers investigating studies of a close-by assault
‘He claimed I pushed him within the shoulder however I could not have carried out that as a result of I used to be filming with my proper hand and pointing with the opposite,’ he advised 9News.
‘It is positively racial profiling and it has led to me having a variety of psychological stress.
‘I simply felt paranoid and do not feel protected anymore.’
Deng – who has additionally performed basketball within the US – was granted bail at Adelaide Magistrates Courtroom on Monday.
The younger athlete has spoken out to say the officers focused him due to his race and had been aggressive from the beginning
Deng was left bloodied and bruised within the altercation with police within the early hours of Monday morning
The police prosecutor advised the court docket the officers pushed Deng as a result of he had change into aggressive and was ‘getting of their faces’.
‘While speaking to the defendant, it was realised he was not the particular person concerned however he was very agitated and finally slapped an officer on the arm,’ the prosecutor stated in keeping with The Messenger.
Deng has not but issued a plea to the assault cost however stated he plans to struggle it when he returns to court docket on March 17.
South Australia Police has declined to touch upon Deng’s claims because the case is earlier than the courts.