Teen girl under investigation for slapping HCMC cop

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Police in Ho Chi Minh City are investigating an 18-year-old girl who was filmed slapping a police officer during a routine traffic stop, VnExpress reported Wednesday.


The case made headlines after a camera phone video apparently showing Pham Thi My Linh slapping a traffic cop in the middle of street went viral.


Linh is now under investigation for attacking a public officer, according to an announcement released by the District 12 police.


The newswire also said Linh wasn't kept in police custody.


Police have rejected claims made by Linh's mother, Truong Thi Hanh, that the girl had clinical mental problems which were to blame for the incident.


Investigators said Linh was fully responsible for her acts.


According to police reports, Sergeant Major Nguyen Duc Anh and Vu Quang Long, an intern with the District 12 traffic police, stopped Hanh, 37, on Le Van Khuong Street July 2 for driving a motorbike with more than two people on it.



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She was also driving the wrong way on a one-way street, the officers wrote in their reports, adding that she had failed to present a driving license when asked to do so.


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 give up the vehicle.

Her daughter, Linh, then pushed Anh away, as shown in the clip posted on YouTube July 2.

The girl was also filmed slapping Long's face while crying and swearing at him before collapsing in the street.


Hanh has been punished for her violations of traffic regulations, according to the news source.


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