Police in the Mekong Delta province of Soc Trang are investigating a group of traffic cops who were purportedly filmed beating two men they had stopped for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol.
Colonel Ly Hoang Tham, deputy chief police officer of Thanh Tri District told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper that Thai Nhat Truong lodged a complaint about a group of officers beating him and his friend Ngo Nhat Truyen.
Truong said he and Truyen were drinking at a restaurant on the night of December 23 when several traffic cops entered and demanded their vehicle registrations and drivers’ licenses.
The men allege that, after examining their documents, the police asked to test their blood alcohol content. Truong and Truyen questioned the rationale for doing so and a loud argument ensued.
Truong said the handful of traffic cops and a mobile security officer began thrashing them and ordering them to kneel on the ground.
They say they were then taken to a police station and beaten further.
Truyen sought treatment at a hospital.
His medical records show that his mouth was torn open and he sustained a one-centimeter that caused excessive bleeding.
Tham said all six officers who were on duty that night denied the allegations.
The officers said they tracked down the men after observing Truong speeding and suspected that he was under the influence of alcohol.
Tham said he would look into a video that bystanders captured and posted on YouTube. The description of the video mentions Truong's name.