Footage Shows What Really Happened When Police Shot 14-Year-Old in the Mouth

By Justin Sullivan

There is a lot of news circulating at the moment around the 14 year old boy that was shot in the mouth at close range by police yesterday in Hangberg… writes JUSTIN SULLIVAN.

I’m hoping this quick sequence of images will lay some of the controversy to rest.

The image below clearly shows the Police officer firing (what I believe to be) his last round at the individuals under the table before coming to a stop face on.

I cannot confirm if this shot was the one that hit the boy, but I was sharing a similar angle with the officer and could not tell who the occupants were.

I am not familiar with protocol in these kinds of situations, but I do know that this was no place for a young boy.

I was also shot at and hit in my position, being around this area was not advisable.

As much as the police may need to relook at their firing tactics, parents, adults and even bystanders such as myself need to be more accountable for our youth.

WARNING: THE FOLLOWING VIDEO CONTAINS GRAPHIC IMAGES WHICH MAY UPSET SENSITIVE VIEWERS INCLUDING CHILDREN:A 14-year-old boy has been hospitalised after he was shot in the mouth at close range – apparently with a rubber bullet – during violent protests at Hangberg in Hout Bay. The City of Cape Town says two of their staff members have also been injured during violent attacks. The rioters earlier went on the rampage and looted boats in the harbour over fishing quotas. Police confirmed the boy was injured.VISUALS: PETER PARKER MICHAELS

Posted by SABC News Western Cape on Tuesday, September 12, 2017

I have seen police being attacked from people using barricades in the past, so I understand their difficult situation. However I am not sure if the close range shot was justifiable?

Regardless whether they couldn’t identify the occupants or not.

What I can conclude from these images and my personal experience, is that the officer did not intentionally fire at a 14 year old boy – he was the victim of a protest gone violent and we hope for his speedy recovery.

Watch sequence of photos show what happened when police shot at 14-year-old

14 Year Old Boy shot in the mouth (12/09/17): There is a lot of news circulating at the moment around the 14 year old boy that was shot in the mouth at close range by police yesterday in Hangberg. I'm hoping this quick sequence of images will lay some of the controversy to rest. The image below clearly shows the Police officer firing (what I believe to be) his last round at the individuals under the table before coming to a stop face on. I cannot confirm if this shot was the one that hit the boy, but I was sharing a similar angle with the officer and could not tell who the occupants were. I am not familiar with protocol in these kinds of situations, but I do know that this was no place for a young boy. I was also shot at and hit in my position, being around this area was not advisable. As much as the police may need to relook at their firing tactics, Parents, adults and even bystanders such as myself need to be more accountable for our youth. Video to watch – https://www.facebook.com/SABCNewsWesternCape/videos/1604584569593921/?comment_id=1605091146209930&ref=notif&notif_t=comment_mention&notif_id=1505282951004598I have seen police being attacked from people using barricades in the past, so I understand their difficult situation. However I am not sure if the close range shot was justifiable? Regardless whether they couldn't identify the occupants or not. What I can conclude from these images and my personal experience, is that the officer did not intentionally fire at a 14 year old boy – he was the victim of a protest gone violent and we hope for his speedy recovery.**Disclaimer: All Video, Photographic and Information content do not represent the views of any organizations mentioned. Information is based on unconfirmed reports and should not be taken as fact unless stated otherwise. All images & Video are subject to copyright and may not be used outside Social Media Platforms without permission.

Posted by Sullivan Photography on Tuesday, September 12, 2017

According to SABC News Western Cape the boy has been hospitalised. The City of Cape Town also said two of their staff members were injured during the protest which turned violent. The protest was allegedly over fishing quotas.

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UPDATE: Government has called for calm in the fishing protest, and says that it has not yet taken a decision on total allowable catch.