The Tangerang City Police is set to sanction a traffic police officer after a woman alleged that he sent inappropriate messages to her after he pulled her over for a ticket.
The victim, a woman identified as 27-year-old RNA, recently tweeted a thread about the incident, which occurred in mid-September. According to her, she drove her motorbike through a red light on Jenderal Sudirman Street at 2am, which led to a traffic police officer — identified by his initials FA — to pull her over.
FA then asked RNA for her documents, and muttered “Oh, a woman,” when she took off her helmet. The officer also asked where RNA was going, before asking whether or not she was married.
“I was thinking, what’s the connection between getting a ticket and my marriage status,” RNA wrote on Twitter.
At one point, FA asked RNA for her number, which he wrote down somewhere but not on the ticket, before letting her go without actually issuing a ticket.
By the time she got back home at around 3am, RNA said she received messages from FA on WhatsApp, and he later called her because she didn’t reply. As seen in a series of screenshots, FA continued to pester RNA and even asked her if he could visit her.
“I didn’t reply to his messages at all, he called me multiple times while chatting with me like that. So scary,” RNA wrote.
Earlier this week, RNA underwent questioning at the Tangerang City Police regarding the matter after her tweets gained some traction online. Sambodo Purnomo Yogo, who heads Jakarta Metro Police’s Traffic Directorate, confirmed that an internal investigation into FA’s conduct is ongoing, and that he will be sanctioned accordingly.
Sambodo called on police officers to be professional and respectful when doing their jobs.
“Separate personal affairs and official matters. Obey the professional code of ethics that have been outlined,” Sambodo said.
According to reports, RNA had demanded that FA issue a public apology via video, though to do so the cop must receive permission from his superior. FA has, however, published a voice recording today, in which claimed he only wanted to “make new friends,” didn’t fine RNA because he took pity on her, and has apologized through WhatsApp.