Date
23 January 2017
Macau's entire police force has had its reputation tarnished by an insulting video of two policemen giving traffic violation tickets to a motorist, according to a judge. Photos: baidu.com, http://www.pj.gov.mo
Macau's entire police force has had its reputation tarnished by an insulting video of two policemen giving traffic violation tickets to a motorist, according to a judge. Photos: baidu.com, http://www.pj.gov.mo

Macau woman jailed 12 months for insulting police

A woman who videotaped two policemen giving traffic violation tickets to her husband has been sentenced to 12 months in prison.

The 27-year-old housewife, surnamed Kam, was convicted by a Macau court for illegal photo-taking and recording an insult after she uploaded the video on Facebook.

The case stemmed from a July 2013 incident in which Kam recorded the policemen as they ticketed her husband for a traffic violation outside the Holiday Inn hotel, Ming Pao Daily reports.

She uploaded the video to a Facebook group with some insulting comments, the court heard.

The post sparked heated discussions online, forcing Kam to delete it and apologize.

She surrendered to the police after sending an appeal to the group not to circulate the video.

Judge Mario Augusto Silvestre said Kam’s actions were serious and her description of the policemen as “broken” was unacceptable, according to Macao Daily News.

He said Kam’s apology did not change the fact that the officers’ reputations had been harmed.

The negative impact on the policemen affected the police force as a whole, he said.

Silvestre said Kam brought trouble on herself.

Kam can avoid prison by paying the policemen 7,000 patacas (US$877) each within 30 days of the ruling.

That would allow the judge to cut the sentence to one-year imprisonment suspended for two years.  

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