Thai police officer detained 15 days for refusing emergency call due to rain

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A Pathum Thani policeman who refused to respond to a plaintiff’s call for help in a domestic disturbance case because it was raining at the time, will be punished with a 15-day detention to begin on Friday.

Khlong Luang superintendent Pol Colonel Ritthinan Puipanwong on Thursday told reporters that the officer, Pol Sr Sgt-Major Anan Orsuwan had confessed to refusing to aid victims.

Ritthinan said he had already ordered for Anan to be detained for 15 days as punishment.

A fact-finding committee has been set up to probe the case, Ritthinan added.

The move followed criticism of police on Thai social media after a complainant’s Facebook post recounted his call to police earlier this week on the 191 hotline to report that an elderly relative had made a threat involving a knife against his family.

When the call was directed to a Khlong Luang precinct policeman, the plaintiff’s request for aid was turned down because the policeman said it was raining, said the Facebook post.

The plaintiff then made a second call, this time recording the conversation. Met with the same excuse, he offered to give a ride to the officer to arrest the relative.

The knife-wielding suspect in that separate case was nabbed and is facing prosecution.

Friday, October 13, 2017 – 11:10

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