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Jakarta Post

Police mistakenly beat undercover cop during protest

  • Jon Afrizal


Jambi   /   Fri, October 23 2020   /  01:00 am
A protester rallying against the Job Creation Law at the Telanaipura business district in Jambi is wounded while being detained by riot police on Tuesday(Antara/Wahdi Septiawan)

A video showing Jambi riot police fighting among themselves after an undercover officer was mistaken for a protester and beaten by a fellow officer has gone viral on social media amid widespread reports of police brutality during the jobs law protests. In the video, police officers in plain clothes detain a protester wearing a green Batanghari University jacket, while other officers punch the protestor and hit him with a baton. A police officer wearing riot gear then hits a man carrying a backpack with a baton, apparently mistaking him for a protester. A man in the crowd wearing a grey hoodie, allegedly another undercover police officer, shouts, “Don’t hit him! That’s a police officer!” The man in the hoodie and the officer in riot gear then begin trading blows before being separated by other police officers. The fight occurred in the Taman Anggrek ...