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South Africa: Down Syndrome Teen Shot Dead by Police

Nathaniel Julius, a 16-year-old Black teenage boy with Down Syndrome, was shot and killed by the police in Johannesburg’s Eldorado Park in South Africa, after he was unable to answer the officers’ questions due to his disability, which has affected his speech.

The case of Nathaniel’s death has reignited a debate about police brutality in South Africa with protesters demanding accountability for the teenage boy’s killing. 

Down Syndrome International said ‘this tragic killing at the hands of those whose job is to protect the community is a stark reminder that worldwide people with Down Syndrome and disabilities continue to have their fundamental rights violated.’

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