A police inspector faces punishment for hitting a sergeant on the head with a truncheon after finding officers napping at a police box during working hours, it has been learned.
The Metropolitan Police Department is questioning the 54-year-old inspector, whose name has been withheld, over the incident. He has reportedly admitted overstepping his authority.”I was offering instructions, but I went too far. I’m sorry,” the inspector was quoted as saying.
Investigators said the inspector called on a police box outside Akabane Police Station in Tokyo’s Kita-ku shortly before 9 a.m. on Feb. 12. Officers at the police box were supposed to have been working outside that morning, but the inspector found two officers napping.
“When the inspector told them off, a 52-year-old sergeant stood in front of him and attempted to offer an explanation, but the inspector pulled out a 70-centimeter-long truncheon and clubbed the sergeant on the head.
The sergeant was taken to a hospital for examination, but he was not injured in the incident. The inspector was transferred from his position in May. Police said they would punish the inspector after deciding whether to form a case against him.