Man, 47, tasered at Chinatown

Man, 47, tasered at Chinatown
WHERE IT HAPPENED: The pavilion where the incident took place.

SINGAPORE - A 47-year-old man was arrested on Monday after the police received a call about drunk men causing a nuisance at around 4pm.

The incident happened at Block 52, Chin Swee Road, near Chinatown.

When the police arrived, they observed three men drinking alcohol and behaving rowdily.

The police tried to engage one of them, but he started behaving aggressively and charged towards the officers.

Eventually, because he did not heed repeated warnings by the officers, they had to use a Taser, an electroshock weapon, to subdue him.

An 82-year-old resident who gave his name as Ah Lam said he saw the incident taking place.

He said: "The man got shot in both arms by the Taser. His whole body went weak and he fell to the ground. Then the police handcuffed him."

'Not Safe'

Ah Lam, who has lived in the area for 17 years, said people frequently drink and gather at the particular pavilion.

He said: "Those people drink there almost every day. They also sleep there. Something needs to be done, it's not safe."

Guest service officer Samuel Ramachandran, 30, was on his way to work when he saw a crowd gathered around the pavilion at the open area between Block 51 and 52.

He echoed Ah Lam's observations.

Mr Ramachandran said: "I only saw what happened after they subdued the man. But that area is always full of old folks who drink and gather there."

The police said that the man was arrested for disorderly behaviour and suspected consumption of controlled drugs.

tantam@sph.com.sg

This article was published on April 2 in The New Paper.

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