Girl filmed abusing officer in Vietnam metro to be investigated

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A police official in Ho Chi Minh City Wednesday said they will investigate an 18-year-old girl who was filmed slapping and verbally abusing officers on a street in an online clip posted last week.


Le Van Ray, an official from District 12's traffic police, said they will transfer the case to the district's regular police force so the latter can question Pham Thi My Linh for "acts against people who are on public mission."


According to initial information, at around 4:30 p.m. on July 2, Sergeant Major Nguyen Duc Anh and Vu Quang Long, an intern, stopped Truong Thi Hanh, 37, on Le Van Khuong Street for riding her two teen children on a motorbike.


She was riding the wrong way on the one-way street, the officers wrote in their reports, adding that she failed to present her driving license when requested.


After Anh told Hanh that her bike would be kept in custody for ten days because she couldn't present her license, Hanh refused to follow, insisting on taking the bike with her.


Her daughter, Linh, then pushed Anh away in an attempt to release the bike, as shown in the clip which was posted on YouTube on July 2.


The girl was also filmed slapping Long's face while crying and swearing at him before collapsing on the street. She was later held by her younger brother, 16-year-old Pham Minh Quang.


The two officers didn't react until local police came to support them.


Ray said Hanh came to apologize, saying that her daughter suffers asthma and problems with her nervous system, and had no idea why Linh acted so that day.


However, she didn't present any document proving Linh's health problems, according to Ray, adding that they will wait for the findings from the police investigation.


Meanwhile, Hanh's traffic violations will be punished in accordance with road transport laws, he said.


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