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Ho Chi Minh City police probe video of traffic cop striking offender

Tuesday, July 26, 2016, 16:44 GMT+7

Ho Chi Minh City police are investigating a video which shows a traffic police officer using his fists on a traffic offender.

A team of inspectors has been formed to clarify a video clip that appears to show a traffic cop attacking a citizen as he was reporting his traffic violation, Colonel Nguyen Sy Quang, chief of staff of the municipal Department of Police, confirmed on Monday afternoon.    

According to the viral footage, an argument broke out between the officer and the traffic offender before the cop threw his fists at the violator’s head and back in front of many by-standers.

A source of Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper stated that the officer in the video was Lieutenant Vo Nguyen Minh Khoa.

The report of Lt. Khoa showed that the incident occurred at around 7:20 am on Saturday last week on a section of National Highway 1 in District 9, Ho Chi Minh City.

The officer was patrolling the street when he spotted a car breaking traffic regulations after suddenly switching lanes without signaling to other drivers, Khoa said in his paper.

The vehicle was then pulled over for the traffic cop to carry out an inspection and deal with the violation.

The car’s driver refused to stop and persisted with moving ahead before being blocked by the officer, with the help of several locals.

As Lt. Khoa was making a report of the driver’s administrative violation, the man continued to argue with the officer and attempted to snatch back his license, even after Khoa put it into his trouser pocket.

The law officer admitted that he could not control his temper following continuous obstruction by the offender, resulting in the attack.

Initial investigations indicated that the entire episode lasted about 15 minutes, asserting that the nearly four-minute long video clip did not reflect the truth as it had been edited.

Officers have been working with all parties involved to clarify the case.

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