Driver nabbed for dragging cop
A 43-year-old driver was arrested on Friday after he allegedly dragged with his jeepney a traffic cop who was trying to issue him a citation for a traffic violation.
The incident occurred at around 10:30 a.m. at the corner of Juan Luna and Claro M. Recto Avenue in Binondo, Manila.
P/Cpl. Leberato Cabison of the Juan Luna police community precinct said he saw the jeepney, driven by Joel Alon, stopping in the middle of the intersection to pick up passengers.
Cabison told Alon to move his jeepney, but Alon ignored him.
The cop then approached Alon and asked for his driver’s license. Alon refused to give it to him and shouted at Cabison, saying: “Mga abusado kayong pulis, gusto niyo ipa-Tulfo ko kayo? Ano ba ang violation ko?”
The driver was referring to the Tulfo brothers’ radio and TV shows where the public can air their grievances.
Alon then started driving away, but Cabison held onto the railing of the jeepney. Alon dragged Cabison for several meters before the latter let go.
Cabison was able to stop Alon at a nearby stoplight and arrested him. He also issued Alon a traffic violation receipt.
Alon was charged with obstruction of justice and unjust vexation. He is currently detained at the Manila Police District Station 11.
The incident has sparked outrage on social media, with many people calling for Alon to be severely punished.
In the United States, trying to run over or drag anyone with a motor vehicle is already considered a use of deadly force. American policemen had been known to shoot drivers doing just that.
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