Police Respond to Twitter Complaint of Kemang Drug Raid
Professionalism and Security Affairs (Propam) bureau of the Jakarta Police will
follow up on the alleged actions of its officers in a recent drug raid brought
to light through the social network Twitter.
“Since this issue
has been thrust into the media and public … the policemen who conducted the
raid will be checked by the Propam Jakarta Police in relation to the
implementation of these raids,” said Jakarta Police spokesman Sr. Comr.
Rikwanto on Wednesday.
Rikwanto said if
necessary, the bureau would also summon the driver of an Avanza car that was
stopped during the raid, as well the people who spread the news about the
police on Twitter, Lita and Yasmin.
“If we are later
required to summon Lita and Yasmin, whose names are known on Twitter, they will
be called upon for information. In the meantime, they will be called only when
needed,” he added.
The inquiry will
focus on a police drug raid in Kemang, South Jakarta. In an account posted on
Twitter, the driver of an Avanza car said her vehicle was stopped during the
raid and an inspection turned up pills on the car’s floor.
According to the Twitter
postings of @litastephanie, the
police then allegedly interrogated the vehicle’s occupants in an intimidating
manner. After that, the drugs were examined at a pharmacy that happened to be
nearby and were revealed to be legal antihistamines. Lita, the driver, was then
allowed to leave.
Rikwanto said his
office did not deny that there were some police officers who commit violations.
In 2011, there were 79 policemen who were dismissed.
“There’s no denying
that there are some persons who commit violations. In 2011, there were 79
policemen who were laid off. But do not let one mistake generalize the police
as a whole. There are obvious elements of good faith,” he explained.
people with complaints about the police to file a report with Propam, and acknowledged
that drug raid operations tended to inspire fear in those who witnessed them.
“[They need to]
understand that the raid operation was created to ensure security and order in
society. It’s not meant to be trouble,” he said. “During this time, if there is
a raid, it’s still a scary thing. If the people see police, they should feel
safe and at peace. If the police see there is fear, that means there’s
something going on.”