Traffic police in Ho Chi Minh City are clarifying a viral video in which a traffic policeman kicks the face of a motorbike rider and prevents him from continuing after the man illegally turned left against the policeman’s instructions at an intersection in District 1 on Tuesday.
An official of the city’s Road and Railway Traffic Police Unit (PC08) confirmed the incident later the same day.
The video showed a PC08 officer wrestling with a motorcyclist at the intersection of Ky Con Street and Vo Van Kiet Boulevard.
After bringing the motorbike rider to the ground, the policeman kicked his face.
As the man got on the vehicle in an attempt to ride it away, two other policemen pulled their motorcycle over to block his way.
“When I stationed on the other side of the road, I instructed him to go straight ahead but he turned left,” the former policeman told his two colleagues in the video.
Some witnesses affirmed the policeman’s account.
Apart from the police officer’s instructions, a warning sign was also erected at the intersection letting drivers know that making a turn from Vo Van Kiet into Ky Con is prohibited, a traffic pattern which came into effect on Tuesday.
PC08 officers have been reviewing footage from traffic cameras to verify the video before making an official statement to the press, according to the PC08 official.