Free for all?
(Photo source: Malaysiakini)
You are driving along the road near Bandar Mahkota Cheras and stopped to see the protests by the residents. The police asks you to drive away which you did but suddenly you are surrounded by 20 FRU personnel claiming that you ran over one of the officers and they start beating you without mercy. Sounds far fetched?
In no time at all, however, Chang Jiun Haur was soaked in his own blood after being repeatedly beaten by 20 riot squad (FRU) personnel armed with batons and kicked with boots.
Chang, 21, his sister and two friends were driving away from the site of the barricade about 11.30pm, when their car was surrounded by police personnel who had earlier dealt with a fracas involving BMC residents.
A high-ranking police officer at the scene claimed that Chang had run over a FRU personnel with his car.
“He asked for it. He ran over a policeman and he got what he deserved,” the officer told Malaysiakini a few minutes after the incident.
Has the police has come down to the level of thugs when one high ranking officer can say “He asked for it. He ran over a policeman and he got what he deserved”. Did Chang really “deserve” the beatings?
Assuming that the high ranking police officer is right – Chang in mere confusion or perhaps deliberately could have ran over a FRU personnel. No one can ascertain this statement as both parties claim innocence. But certainly the alleged act by Chang does not give the open right for 20 police officers to surround the young man and start bashing him up. Did Chang do something serious, especially when it was revealed later by another police officer that Chang did not run over any police personnel?
Watch this video and see for yourself whether the FRU personnel have downgraded themselves to mere street gangsters and started taking law in their own hands, despite being in uniform?
Why the police couldn’t arrest Chang in a better manner – stop the car and talk to Chang to get from the car peacefully. Why the police asked the reporters to switch off their cameras? Assuming that Chang was violent, was the excessive force was needed to bring Chang down? Did kicks from heavy boots was required?
Will the Home Minister proceed to make an investigation on this alleged police brutality? Or take the usual way of presuming the victim to be at fault? Certainly the 21 year old did not deserve the high ended beatings and certainly the police officers who used the excessive force should not be get away scot free.
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