Being a member of the riot police is undoubtedly one of the riskiest jobs on the force, as evidenced by an incident in the Bintang Mountains Regency in Papua, where a violent riot broke out in the district of Oksibil on Tuesday.
One incident, which was caught on video, shows just how dangerous it can be for law enforcers there. Shared by Brigadier General Krishna Murti, the head of the National Police’s International Relations Division and former director of General Crimes at the Jakarta Metro Police, the video shows a riot police officer taking what’s described as an arrow in the eye before casually walking away from the scene.
After the camera pans right to show officers heading towards the conflict zone, it pans back to the arrow victim, whose side can then be seen by the camera, revealing the disturbing length of the projectile lodged in his face.
In the post, Krishna praised the unidentified cop, writing in the caption, “He did not want to be a hero. He only wanted to do his job. He got hit in the eye by an arrow while trying to secure a conflict. He stayed strong. You are great, son! We are proud!”
As reported by Kumparan, the cop was evacuated to the Papuan capital of Jayapura for intensive medical care, although, as of yesterday, he was still waiting for an eye surgeon to remove the arrow from his eye. There have been no updates on his condition reported in the media since.
At least five civilians were reportedly injured and at least five homes and five shops burnt down due to the riot . Another police officer was also reportedly hit with an arrow in his thigh during the riot in Oksibil.
The Bintang Mountains Regency has seen numerous violent clashes since April between groups who support and oppose the leadership of Regent Constans Oktemka. Recently, the Bintang Mountains Regional Council (DPRD) passed a vote of no confidence against the regent to represent the public’s displeasure at his leadership over the past two years.