TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Tangerang City Police Chief Sr. Comr. Wahyu Sri Bintoro said he would take stern action against officers who slammed students during a demonstration at the Tangerang Regent's office, today, October 13.
A video showing the cruel action by a police officer in full uniform went viral on social media. University students from the Tangerang Students Association (HIMATA) of Greater Banten clashed with the police during the protest today afternoon.
Wahyu claimed that, in the morning ceremony to prepare the security personnel prior to the rally, he had ordered police officers to refrain from doing violence and to act humanely.
“There are officers who still act badly, and of course, we will take firm action,” Wahyu told Tempo on Wednesday.
Tangerang City Police would take on the responsibility for injuries suffered by the poor student. Wahyu said the police had rushed the student to the hospital.
“He (the student) is in good condition. I am just informing that he can still walk,” Wahyu confirmed, adding that the identity of the policeman is still being investigated.
The rally which was staged in line with the commemoration event of the 389th anniversary of Tangerang City ended in a clash after the police tried to disperse the student protesters who insisted on continuing the rally.
The viral video displayed that a student was slammed backward by a policeman in a black uniform. The skinny student collapsed and looked like he was in convulsions. The officer left him and vanished into the crowds. Not long after, the student was helped by other officers.
M JULNIS FIRMANSYAH