A recent case in which a policeman from Taipei County’s Jhonghe Second Police Precinct was given a demerit and transferred after getting into a verbal confrontation with a betel nut seller that quickly turned physical has had unexpected repercussions, Chen Lu-tung (陳陸通), the head of Taipei County Police Department’s Jing-an Police Precinct, said yesterday.
“Apparently, an increasing number of people are copying the woman’s behavior,” Chen said, adding that a man taken into custody in his own precinct on Friday night “tried to pull a similar stunt.”
Police officers approached a man who was behaving suspiciously during a random stop in Jhonghe on Friday to check his ID.
After the man tried to flee, he was detained and taken to the police station, Chen said.
Throughout the incident, the man never once let go of his bag, which further raised suspicions, he said.
The man’s mother, who turned up at the station following a call from her son, tried to walk out of the precinct with the bag, but was prevented from doing so by police, said Chen.
A pistol and three bullets were discovered in the bag.
When officers attempted to handcuff the man, he began yelling, “The police are beating up an innocent man,” Chen said.
The man later admitted he got the idea from the betel nut vendor, saying he believed that as long as he resisted police would not be able to touch him.
“It seems that more and more people think that it is acceptable behavior to fight with police, regardless of the situation,” Chen said.
“That is wrong, and whoever behaves in this way is likely to be charged with obstructing an officer in the course of his duties,” he said.
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