The Ha Tinh Province police issued a warning to an officer, Lieutenant Thai Quang Vinh, for assaulting a disabled electronic repairman and transferred him.
Vinh, who was serving in Duc Thuan Ward, Hong Linh town, went to a repair shop owned by a man called Thuan to fix his tape recorder.
Two days later Vinh brought it back saying a part was out of order, and an argument broke out between them over the cause.
Vinh swore at Thuan and beat him on the head with the machine.
He then took off his shirt and picked up some bricks to continue the assault, but he was restrained by Thuan’s neighbors who later reported to the police.
Town police representatives later called on Thien to apologize.
Vinh has been transferred to a new department, Senior Lieutenant Colonel Nguyen Thanh Son, deputy head of the town police, said.
A few days ago, following a similar incident, a police official in Hue was suspended for thrashing an 11-year-old boy, Ngo Dinh Phat, who had to be hospitalized.
On June 15 Phat was taken by his aunt to the Thuy Xuan Ward police for allegedly stealing VND3.1 million (US$150) from her.
When his father was called by the police that afternoon to come and take him home, he discovered his son had been beaten black and blue. In hospital that night, Phat had a fever and delirium.
After receiving Phat’s complaint about the beating, the police apologized to him and paid his father VND1.5 million for the treatment.
Phat’s father agreed to drop the case.