Monday, April 8, 2013

3 Tarlac cops beating man video goes viral

A youtube video showing three policemen beating up on an unidentified man wearing an orange shirt in public has gone viral on the Internet and generated negative reactions.

Chief Supt. Generoso Cerbo Jr., PNP spokesman, confirmed the policemen in the video—apparently taken with a mobile phone camera—were active members of the Paniqui, Tarlac, police.

He identified them as Police Officers 2 Ritchel Antonio, Gerardo Bermudez and Fernando Acosta.

He said the incident, which was witnessed by a number of people, including students and children, took place on March 4 in Paniqui.

Cerbo said Senior Supt. Alfred Corpus, Tarlac police director, swiftly ordered the administrative relief of the erring PNP personnel and placing them under restrictive custody.

“We guarantee to the public that the PNP will not tolerate this kind of behavior of our men. We will do a thorough and fair investigation of this incident,” said Cerbo.

“It’s really difficult to conclude anything based on what we saw in the video because we did not know what happened before and after the incident. In fact, one of policemen filed a case for direct assault and physical injuries against the supposed victim,” Cerbo said.

Cerbo said the three policemen came to arrest the man who, according to Corpus, was the subject of a complaint for slight physical injuries.

The incident happened in broad daylight and in full view of motorists and passersby, among them students in uniform.

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