Hanoi police have temporarily suspended a traffic officer who was filmed forcefully kicking a motorbike rider for violating traffic rules.
Senior Lieutenant-colonel Dinh Thanh Thao, deputy chief of Hanoi Traffic Police, on Tuesday told news website Zing.vn that the officer had been ordered to report on the case, and an investigation had been launched. The officer's identity has been withheld.
He said the result of the investigation will be made public in the next few days.
“We will strictly punish any officer with wrongdoings,” he said.
Thao said Hanoi police will continue to improve the manner of 1,300 officers and ask them to learn a lesson on how to deal with traffic violators following this case.
On Monday a video was posted on social media showing an officer rushing through traffic on Xa Dan Street in Hanoi and kicking down a motorbike.
The officer apparently intended to stop the driver, who was riding the vehicle in the wrong direction. Both the driver and the person behind did not wear crash helmets.
The motorbike then cashed into the median barrier and fell.
After the media reported on the video, Lieutenant-colonel Le Tu, chief of Traffic Police Division No.3, told the press that the incident happened on Monday afternoon.
He said two people in the video clip were the driver, identified as Nguyen Van Tuan, 20, and a young woman, who were spotted by a team of police officers because they did not wear helmets and fled after being signaled to stop.
He said the duo was not injured and that they had caused the crash themselves.
The Traffic Police Division No.3 said on Tuesday a fine of VND2 million and a 30-day impoundment of vehicle will be imposed on the driver.