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Jakarta Post

New video of officers kicking, beating civilian raises more questions about police actions

  • Vela Andapita and Ivany Atina Arbi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, October 7, 2019   /  05:27 pm
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Line of fire: A police officer aims a riot gun at protesters, mostly students of high schools, near the House of Representatives/People’s Consultative Assembly building in Senayan, Central Jakarta, in September.(JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

While members of the public are still scrutinizing the violence police used in handling a week-long student protest in Jakarta last month, netizens in Indonesia were witness to a video of an officer kicking and beating an ojek (motorcylce taxi) driver in Bogor, West Java, that went viral on social media over the weekend. The driver reportedly had trespassed into a cleared area near Tugu Kujang, where President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s motorcade was expected to pass that afternoon. The police officer allegedly became furious about the violation, which led to the violence. The video showed how the officer, later identified only as Second Insp. R, ordered the ojek driver, Holil, to pull over after he entered the emptied-out Jl. Pajajaran and headed toward Jl. Otista. The officer was shown shouting loudly as he walked toward the stationary Holil. When R was clos...