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Justice Denied for Former South African Athlete Lindani Myeni

Justice Denied for Former South African Athlete Lindani Myeni

An official probe into the fatal police shooting of former South African rugby player and father of two, Lindani Myeni, has been concluded. Myeni, who was unarmed at the time, was gunned down on April 14 after reportedly being mistaken for a burglar. Despite body cam footage that pointed towards the three officers unnecessarily escalating the situation, they have since returned to work. According to the Honolulu Police Department, the officers will not be criminally charged for Myeni’s murder as the probe has found their shooting of Myeni ultimately “justifiable”.


READ: Still No Clear Answers Around Lindani Myeni’s Murder

TimesLIVE reports that during a conference where details of the investigation were shared, prosecutor Steve Alm said that, “The officers who responded to this ended up trying to use multiple non-lethal, non-deadly force methods before they used service firearms.”

Myeni’s wife, Lindsey Myeni, had initially filed a wrongful death suit against the police shortly after his death. Hence, news of the conclusion drawn by the Honolulu Police Department is all the more disappointing notwithstanding the fact that yet another unarmed Black man has lost his life in America at the hands of the police.

In an emotional post on social media, Lindsey Myeni wrote, “Regardless of these painful trials, everything is going to be OK eventually.” She went on to add that, “My worst fear has already come true, there’s nothing more anyone can do to my man. He’s at peace now and that’s still all that matters to me at the end of the day.” Myeni’s remains were repatriated to South Africa on Freedom Day and were subsequently buried in his hometown of eSikhawini in Richards Bay, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

According to News24, lawyer to Myeni’s family, Bridget Morgan-Bickerton, said that the family would be proceeding with their civil case and that Alm’s recent conclusions would not affect that. “We continue to move ahead. In the civil case, we will address the central questions that Mr Alm appears to have avoided completely.”

Rufaro Samanga

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