Vietnam reprimands police officer for pepper-spraying man

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Le Tien Phu (R), who was pepper-sprayed in the face by a police officer on May 21, 2015. Photo credit: Tuoi Tre Le Tien Phu (R), who was pepper-sprayed in the face by a police officer on May 21, 2015. Photo credit: Tuoi Tre

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Authorities in the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai on Saturday officially reprimanded a police officer for using pepper spray on a local man who refused his order three months ago, Tuoi Tre newspaper reported.
In a video shot by a local resident on May 21, Pham Thanh Trung, chief police officer of Ia Trok Commune, in plain clothes, sprayed onto Le Tien Phu's face several times after this man refused to follow Trung to his station.
Phu collapsed after being sprayed and his neighbors splashed water onto his face before rushing him to a local hospital. The man recovered and went home later.
A still image from the video shows Pham Thanh Trung pepper spraying onto the man, Le Tien Phu, on May 21, 2015
Trung said he ordered Phu to go to the police station because the 30-year-old was allegedly involved in a fight with some other guests at a wedding party in the commune.
Authorities in Ia Pa District said Trung’s use of pepper spray was not in line with rules.
It’s wrong for Trung to use pepper spray while in plain clothes, said Nguyen Tat Lam, the district’s deputy police chief.

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