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The police said this morning that an officer was “forced” to hit a protester at high speed because he had been attacked.

In response to the latest episode of police brutality, a clip of a police truck barreling through a pedestrian, the Bangkok Metropolitan Police Bureau said the vehicle had been attacked by protesters who struck it with a stick several times.

The vehicle belonged to Plubplachai 1 Police Station and was driven by a sergeant only identified as Sgt. Noraset. Noraset told his superiors his vehicle was attacked by upward of seven protesters who used a stick to strike it. Fearing for his safety, the police said, Noraset drove away. 

In footage of the incident, no one appears to be in pursuit of the vehicle when it and slams into the unidentified pedestrian in Din Daeng intersection and drives off without stopping. 

Plubplachai Police said they will “assess” damage to the truck and prosecute the protesters responsible.

The protester who was run over was taken to Rajavithi Hospital. The victim was said to be conscious and his injuries not life-threatening. #MurderousRiotPolice has been trending on Thai Twitter since last night.

The video, originally shared by online news outlet The Reporters, has been widely shared amid increasing anger due to more frequent and severe police violence against pro-democracy protesters. 

 

This article, Hit-and-run cop who plowed into pedestrian had been menaced by sticks: Bangkok police (Video), originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

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