Two Thai police in Nakhon Pathom were transferred after allegedly physically assaulting a group of three teenagers who approached the police for help while escaping from what they said was a rival group. However, police claimed the teenagers possessed a firearm.
Friday, May 20th, security footage that has been spread widely on social media showed a group of three teenagers on a motorcycle approaching a police patrol car on Borommaratchachonnani Road, Bang Toei sub-district, Sampran district, Nakhon Pathom Province, to ask for help reportedly from their trailing rivals who intended to attack them.
However, according to footage, two police denied hearing the teenager’s explanation of the situation and commanded them to undress, lay on the ground, and then allegedly began to physically assault the three teenagers before taking them to the Sampran Police Station. According to the report, this incident happened on March 30th but was published on social media Friday, May 20th. The incident sparked a wave of criticism and doubts about the police’s demeanors across Thai social media.
As for the police’s side of the story, however, they claimed that one of the teenagers possessed a firearm, they were afraid it could be used, and that they had to transport all the teenagers to the police station to charge them for having a firearm in public areas without permission.
According to the latest police report issued yesterday, May 21st, the two accused officers, whose full names were not released by law enforcement, have been transferred to the Nakhon Pathom Provincial Police Operations Center until further notice.