Caught on video, traffic police volunteers beat Norwegian man, threaten witnesses

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Pattaya traffic police volunteers beat a Norwegian man and allegedly threatened witnesses who captured the assault on video.

Kim Ruben Husby, 24, filed a complaint at Pattaya Police headquarters June 12 against the group of uniformed and plain-clothes volunteers who collectively beat him on Soi Bongkot.

Kim Ruben Husby talks to an official after being beaten by police volunteers. Kim Ruben Husby talks to an official after being beaten by police volunteers.

Husby said he’d been having a vehement argument with his 34-year-old girlfriend outside a pork restaurant when the police volunteers intervened. The Norwegian said one officer put him in a headlock and, when he escaped, the entire group fell on him in a pack.

He complained to full-time traffic police and supervisors, but the volunteers were released without reprimand, said Husby, who came to Pattaya Police Station with a swollen face and cut above his eye.

The assault took place in front of a full crowd of onlookers, with at least one witness capturing the beating on video. However, one witness said he deleted the video after the same police volunteers threatened him to get rid of the incriminating evidence.

Pattaya Police officials pledged to question the officers involved.