Hanoi police said Friday a man who accused some traffic police officers of insulting and assaulting him at a checkpoint has taken all his words back.
Colonel Dao Vinh Thang, chief of Hanoi Police Department’s Road and Railways Traffic Police Division, told Thanh Nien they had just summoned Nguyen Giang Nam, 22, for questioning.
Last Wednesday, a man who used a “fake” name posted a short video clip on his Facebook page showing an altercation between him and some officers. At the end there are sounds of someone being attacked.
Soon after the video went viral on the internet, the Hanoi police sent inspectors to the spot, and they identified the man in the clip as Nam.
Colonel Thang said after the meeting with police, Nam admitted he was not insulted and attacked by the officers.
Previously Nam wrote on his Facebook page he was driving a motorbike at 11:50 a.m. last Wednesday afternoon when he was stopped at the Giai Phong-Dai Co Viet intersection by the officers.
They told him he had run the red light, but he argued it was still yellow when he crossed it.
As the argument got heated, the officers insulted him and called some tattooed men to the spot to threaten him, he alleged.
Nam captured the scenes with his mobile phone, which he handed over to a friend who accompanied him soon before being attacked.
The officers went on to beat him, he said.
Hanoi police said Nam denied posting the clip on the internet during the meeting with police. He alleged his friend had, they said.