Man arrested for pushing policeman at Lavender MRT station

A 52-year-old man was arrested at Lavender MRT station on Saturday (Nov 11) at about 12.30pm, after he used criminal force on a policeman.
A 52-year-old man was arrested at Lavender MRT station on Saturday (Nov 11) at about 12.30pm, after he used criminal force on a policeman. PHOTO: FACEBOOK/JUSTIN LEE

SINGAPORE - A 52-year-old man was arrested at Lavender MRT station on Saturday (Nov 11) at about 12.30pm, after he used criminal force on a policeman.

He had refused to cooperate when three police officers, who were on a routine patrol, requested for his particulars.

He then forcefully pushed one of the officers.

"The SPF takes a serious view against persons who obstruct police officers from carrying out their duties or cause them physical and verbal harm," the police said in a statement on Saturday evening.

Anyone guilty of using criminal force to deter a public servant from doing his duty, can be jailed up to four years, fined, or both.

In a video posted by Facebook user Justin Lee, the three officers could be seen subduing the man, who shouted in Mandarin that he wanted to call the police.

He also demanded they pass him his bag.

Mr Lee, 28, had just collected his passport from the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority building, when he came across the incident.

He said that the three officers had approached the man and "very politely" asked for his identification card.

"But the uncle got agitated and started shouting 'I pay taxes' in Mandarin, along with a lot of vulgarities for about five minutes," said the account manager, who added that passers-by also asked the man to cooperate but to no avail.

When one of the officers tried to take the IC from him, he pushed the officer away and shouted "robbery".

"That was when the other two officers pinned him down and I took out my phone to film it," said Mr Lee.

"I really respect the officers. Throughout the entire incident, none of them raised their voices. They were all very calm."