What the police force does on a daily basis is amazing. These heroes rarely receive recognition for the things they do. The heart-stopping video below is one more example. The video captured the heroism of South African cops as a crazed father carries out his threat to throw his toddler from the roof of his home. It’s unimaginable to think that a father would do something like this! The complete story is below.
The father was trying to stop authorities from destroying his home in an illegal township set to be demolished.
As a police negotiator anxiously edges towards the dad as he dangles his terrified and screaming one-year-old daughter by her ankle.
Unknown to the father, half-a-dozen officers from the South African Police Service had moved stealthily forward and stood positioned beneath the father just in case he actually let the little girl go.
The brave officer on the roof warned colleagues the father was about to drop the youngster as township protesters egged the agitated dad on with chants of “throw, throw, throw.”
The police officer rushed forward to grab the dad but the furious parent swung the girl by the leg and over the edge of the building.
For several jaw-dropping moments, the toddler falls through the air before one of the officers below catches her.
The 38-year-old man on the roof is then tackled by three other officers, arrested and handcuffed and lowered to the ground.
He has been charged with attempted murder.
The drama happened after 90 shacks were ordered to be demolished. They had been built illegally at the Joe Slovo township in Kwadwesi, near Port Elizabeth on South Africa’s eastern cape coast.
The South African Police Service had been sent in to ensure the safety of the demolition team as 150 protesters began rioting. They threw bricks and closed off roads with burning tires.
As calm was being restored the desperate dad climbed onto the roof of his shack with his child and threatened to throw her to her death if the demolishers did not back off and leave his home alone.
When negotiators failed to talk him down a rescue plan was launched by police which ended successfully with the fathers’ arrest and the safe recovery of the toddler who was thrown off the shack.
Police spokesman Captain Andre Beetge told local media: “At about 10:40 a.m. a 38-year-old man climbed onto the roof of one of the structures and held a one-year-old girl in his hands.”
“This was done to force the team not to demolish the structure.”
“Due to the dangerous threat to the safety of the child police set out a plan to rescue the little girl and arrest the male and one of our officers successfully caught the girl as she was flung.”
“The 38-year-old father has been charged with the attempted murder of his daughter and the case is being handled by the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences unit.”
Beetge said the baby has been handed back to the 35-year-old mother and their case is being overseen by local social services to ensure the child is in a place of safety.
The Motherwell Cluster Commander Major General Dawie Rabie praised the police actions.
He said: “It is shocking that a father would attempt to sacrifice his own child for the sake of delaying the demolishing of an illegal shack structure but thankfully the girl was saved.”
“The father will face the full force of the law for his actions.”
The demolition team then moved in and successfully destroyed 90 structures that had been built illegally on unowned land.