It has not been a good PR week for the police force in Indonesia. Following the arrest of two officers who allegedly beat their junior to death as well as a viral video of a cop behaving badly at a toll gate, the police face another scandal after an officer in Medan was recorded smoking shabu (meth) while at a drug dealer’s home.
The video, showing a Medan Police officer, identified by his initials TP, smoking the narcotics in a dingy home while still in uniform, quickly went viral and police investigators said that TP admitted that he is the person in the clip upon questioning.
“Adjunct Police Inspector TP admitted to taking drugs at a drug dealers’ house,” said Medan Internal Affairs head Arifin today as quoted by Detik.
Arifin said police did a raid on the house in the video and said that the man and woman who owned the house were also arrested on narcotics charges. Additionally, TP tested positive for meth and a meth pipe was found at his house.
Police have not yet announced what charges TP will face but under Indonesia’s draconian drug laws dealers can face up to life imprisonment or the death penalty.