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Police right in questioning thief nabbing vigilante

Date Posted: 2005-04-23

An office worker who had caught a motorcycle thief has not a right to compensation from the Okinawa Prefectural Police who questioned him harshly after the incident.

The incident took place in Nov. 2002 when the office worker arrested a young man who had stolen a motorcycle. However, when the police arrived and took the thief away, they started questioning the citizen vigilante on suspicion that he had been unnecessarily harsh when arresting the thief. In a matter of fact, they suspected that the worker had beaten up the unlucky motorcycle thief.

The police wrote a report where they said that the man had hit the motorcycle thief causing a bodily injury. The prosecutors however decided to drop the case.

He then filed a complaint with the Public Safety Commission claiming that the cops had been too harsh with him. He said that they had threatened to throw him into a jail for a week if he didnít fess up.

In their answer, the Public Safety Commission took the policeís side and said that the manís vase was without merit. ďIt is policeís job to get to the bottom of things, and they have the right to ask any questions they deem necessary in order to solve a case. They may have been a little harsh when questioning, but have to get things clear when there are contradicting points. Thatís the way the process works,Ē the commission wrote.

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