A talented young basketball player charged with assaulting police has claimed he is the victim of police brutality after an incident in Adelaide.
Akol Deng, 22, had trained with the Adelaide 36ers and played college basketball in the US.
He was out with a friend on Hindley Street early on Monday morning when he was stopped by police and accused of committing a crime.
Capsicum spray was ultimately deployed, and Mr Deng claimed he panicked and ran before being tackled to the ground.
He said he was left bloodied and bruised with a broken tooth.
The Sudanese immigrant said he had not been drinking and alleged he was targeted because of his race.
He spent 12 hours in custody.
Mr Deng plans to fight the police assault charge when he returns to court in March.
Published at Wed, 06 Jan 2021 03:01:39 +0000