What I saw today is one of the most unbelievable and atrocious things I have ever seen in my life. It disgusted me to the core, and showed me a side of Japan even darker than I had seen up until now. It showed me just how far the Abusive Japanese police will go to prove their point.
This morning, I decided to take a jog along the Sumida river. As I approached the Asakusa area, I heard loud voices, like screaming, in the distance. Something had just happened. Not something good. As I got closer, police cars were arriving, and helicopters were already above on scene. As I approached the main bridge in Asakusa, police boats started to fill the water, and then somebody up on the bridge yelled, “OVER THERE”, in Japanese while pointing their finger.
It was at this moment that I saw it.
Im going to pause here and say that the next little bit gets quite tough to read (I know this as it was tough to write).
If you don’t think you can handle it, it might be best to stop reading here.
In the water, face down as in so many movies. There was a man floating. But this was no movie. And the sight of this took hold of me and my stomach tightened, my knees began to shake, and my eyes began to water. Little more than back, shoulders, and the back of this mans head could be seen, but it was a sight that I will not forget.
The police did their best to get to this man. Paramedics and emergency crews were nowhere in sight.
The police boat pulled up, and after about a minute of BS they finally managed to get him out of the water.
But it was how they pulled him out that was nothing shy of disgusting. They grabbed the back of his shirt collar and just pulled him by the collar out of the water as if he were a dog. Then, they left him face down on the edge of the boat. No checking for a pulse, to attempt to help in any way.
A human… A fellow country-man… treated like little more than.. I can’t even finish this sentence.
They got him to a dock and as they placed him down, the air they carried was “ok.. were done”. It was after about a minute or two of this that an Indian man standing about 20 meters down from me started screaming in Japanese.
G#%DAMNIT!! HE MIGHT STILL BE ALIVE! CHECK HIM YOU IDIOTS, he yelled.
Everyone around looked shocked, and amazingly, so did the police.
But even more amazing, was the fact that they then checked for a pulse, and started to try CPR.
Why did it take this long for them to do this???? Why did not even one of the 10-20 officers standing there think to take any action?
Unfortunately the man didn’t regain consciousness.
As they brought him up from the river bank, we all started to move on. It was at this moment that I noticed the Indian gentleman was carrying a baby only a few months old.
He nodded his head politely as our eyes met, and we made our way down the street separately.
As we at the intersection, two police walked up beside the man with the baby.
I guess he must have still been upset, because he started telling them that the mans life was on their hands.
It was at this point that things started to get out of hand.
Note: for the sake of protecting his privacy, I have not included a picture of the man who was speaking to these “officers of the law”
The man in the picture on the right started telling the man go back to his own country.
He repeatedly told the Indian man, “You are not Japanese, so you don’t matter. Go back to your own country”
I hadn’t noticed until this moment, but the (Indian) man had tears running down his face.
He was not aggressive or loud at this point, but he was clearly determined to make these officers understand.
As he persisted with his message, the unbelievable happened. Even though he was standing with a baby in his arms, the Japanese police officer on the left (above) used the flotation device in his arm to very aggressively shove the Indian gentleman. But unfortunately he didn’t just shove the man, the flotation device came in direct contact with the baby, and shoved both of them.
It was at this point that the Indian gentleman went to shove the officer on the left back, but was grabbed by the officer on the right who told him “if you touch either of us, I will arrest you. Then it’s over for you”
The man stopped in his tracks. Defeated by his dirty foe.
I watched in disgust and snapped as many pictures of these two trash bag cops as I could.
For the sake of everyone’s reference, here is a more clear shot of the violent cop:
This all took place near the Hanakawado Koban where these 2 officers seem to work.
This type of thing cannot continue if Japan ever wants to move into the future.
There is so much more I want to add, but I will leave it here for now.
*Closing Note: While I have tried to remain as clear and accurate in this post as possible, I should close by saying that the details of the gentleman with the baby, have been slightly edited in the hopes of protecting his privacy from anyone who may read this. Fully accurate details have been used to file a complaint which will probably never see the light of day.