Official sacked for roughing up man in central Vietnam

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Authorities in Binh Thuan Province's Ham Thuan Bac District have sacked a militiaman who brutalized a local man in a videotaped incident that went viral a month ago, Lao Dong (Labor) newspaper has reported.

Thong Minh Anh, deputy head of the Ma Lam Town police department's militia unit, was removed from his post on March 15 for "not following procedures of escosting the violator, pushing Dao Xuan Do [the local man] down in a dangerous posture...and affecting prestige of local police and militia forces," a source told the paper.

Do, 51, told Thanh Nien last month that the incident had occurred on December 8 last year. He said he had been handcuffed to be led to the police station after he had somewhat drunkenly broken some bottles in the street because he was angry with a neighbor who often put cow feces in front of his house.

The one-and-a-half minute video clip, which provoked criticisms from the public and whose images were considered "very offensive" by the Binh Thuan Party unit chief, showed a half-naked Do, 51, wearing blue shorts, begging a police officer and militiamen to let him go to the toilet before going with them to the police station.

But one of the three militiamen at the scene, later identified as Anh, grabbed Do's legs and pulled them upward. Holding the handcuffed man upside down, he dropped Do, causing him to fall and strike his head on the street.

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The police officer, Sergeant-Major Phan Van Hoa, can be seen about to remove the handcuffs at the end of the clip.

Hoa was also censured by Ham Thuan Bac Party unit for his involvement in the case, according to Lao Dong.

The punishments for the two other militiamen in the clip remain unknown.

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