Connect with us


Investigation launched into Phuket police brutality



PHUKET: Police have launched an investigation into their own after a young man yesterday alleged several officers repeatedly beat him and produced false evidence after his arrest.

Chalermporn Keawmanee, 20, appeared at the Damrongtham Center [Ombudsman’s Office] yesterday alongside his father, Kaset Keawmanee – owner of NS Cable TV in Surat Thani – to request an investigation into events that allegedly took place on November 11.

Mr Kaset said his son was beaten by police in front of a house on Soi Hong Leng Uthit near Surakul Stadium in Wichit.

“I had come back from work and I couldn’t get into the house [on Soi Hong Leng Uthit, near Surakul Stadium] because there was no one there, so I sat on my motorbike and waited,” Mr Chalermporn said.

“As I was waiting, two policemen drove up in a pickup truck. They stopped and started asking me questions. I told them I lived in the house, but they didn’t believe me, so they asked me to shout for someone in the house,” he said.

He claimed that while he was shouting, one of the officers hit him in the abdomen, knocking the wind out of him, before putting him in a headlock and “poking him with something hard and injuring him”.

He said that he yelled for help as they handcuffed him and dragged him beside the house, where the officers searched him and found ya ice (crystal methamphetamine) smoking paraphernalia.

The police then escorted him in their pickup to Phuket City Police Station, all the while beating him, Mr Chalermporn said.

When they arrived at the police station, another officer hit on the back him three or four times with a club before setting him down in front of the jail where other officers took turns hitting and kicking him, causing a wound above his left eyebrow, he said.

Police took him to the hospital where he received nine stitches to his brow injury before returning to the police station where he was charged with possession of ya ice and resisting arrest.

However, Mr Chalermporn denies the charges, saying that he did not resist arrest and that he did not know where the 0.97 grams of ice he’d been charged with had come from.

He admitted to possessing the smoking paraphernalia and said that he had used all of his drugs before police encountered him sitting on his motorbike.

Phuket City Police Superintendent Chote Chitchai today said, “I need to investigate this case first. I’ve also been informed that a police officer went to the hospital to get a doctor’s certificate regarding some minor injuries sustained in the fight to be used as evidence.

“The officer informed me that during the arrest, Chalermporn attacked him and they both fought – I don’t know who started it, but the officer arrested Chalermporn because it’s his duty. I’ll investigate the case and find out the facts before I come to any conclusions,” Col Chote said.

“I will be fair to both sides – to the kid and the officers in question – as the kid has filed a complaint with the Damrongtham Center that the police officer acted inappropriately while arresting him. If the police officer has done wrong, he will face the law.

“As I know so far, the police were on duty to make an arrest in a drug case and the suspect fought against the police – the officer was also injured. As I said, both sides will be treated fairly and I will not take a side. We haven’t yet received a report from the Damrongtham Center, but as soon as we do, we will investigate.

“I always order police officers to strictly obey the law to prevent any trouble. Inappropriate behavior is unacceptable,” he added.

— Warisa Temram


Get more from The Thaiger

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Thailand17 mins ago

More than 1 million baht payout to massacre victims

Thailand29 mins ago

Three children survive daycare centre massacre in northeast Thailand

Law1 hour ago

Pakistan’s transgenders dragged back into Dark Ages

Sponsored4 hours ago

5 reasons why Thailand educators shouldn’t miss Bett Asia in Bangkok this year

Thailand2 hours ago

Thais unhappy with Prawit’s response to daycare centre massacre

Thailand2 hours ago

Thailand lowers flags to half-mast to mourn daycare centre massacre victims

Philippines2 hours ago

‘Strange and unusual’ punishment for Filipino lottery winners

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Guides2 hours ago

5 posh places for a relaxing afternoon tea in Bangkok

Weather3 hours ago

Floods in NE Thailand claimed the lives of 3 people

Crime3 hours ago

Colleagues reveal daycare killer prone to mood swings

Hot News3 hours ago

US sanctions Myanmar junta-linked businessman over buying Russian-made arms

Thailand3 hours ago

King, Queen and PM Prayut to visit mass shooting victims in northeast Thailand

Guides3 hours ago

What are the common international school curriculums in Thailand? What should you choose?

Hot News3 hours ago

US forces take down three senior ISIS figures in Syria

Bangkok3 hours ago

LIV golfers trundle pointlessly into Bangkok’s ‘billionaire’s paradise’

Hot News4 hours ago

Suitcase in Japan held different kind of explosives as bomb squad finds sex toys

Thailand1 year ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism2 years ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11