Police in the Mekong Delta province of Ben Tre have censured a high-ranking official for drunkenly harassing local women at a party.
Doan The Tan, the spokesman of Ben Tre Police, said Captain Le Thanh Tung of Thanh Phu District was punished for actions that damaged the agency's reputation.
According to the police, Tung stumbled over and sat down with Nguyen Thi Thy and her sister Nguyen Hong Quyen at a party in Giao Thanh Commune on October 15.
After having some drinks, he leaned over and kissed Quyen.
When Thy asked him to stop and he turned and kissed her too.
As the argument heated up, he stood up and identified himself a police officer and challenged the women to follow to the commune police office to settle their conflict.
Quyen and Thy followed him to the office to report his act, but no one paid attention to them.
A police officer even helped Tung take his motorbike out of the parking lot to go home.
The women demanded to speak with Tang Van Quoc Toan, the commune’s deputy police chief.
But Toan was also drunk and scolded them with insults.
The department found that the deputy police chief ordered two subordinates to handcuff the women.
He only released them when Le Van Tien, the head of the commune party unit, intervened.
Thy and Quyen then took the case to the district police.
Tan said it’s up to Giao Thanh government to punish Toan and his subordinates.
A woman in Ben Tre Province shows a bruise left on her arm by a police officer why drunkenly tried to kiss her at a party on October 15, 2014. Photo credit: Phap Luat Viet Nam