Police blast bosses on LINE

Lower-ranking police officers have been using the LINE messaging platform to vent their anger at their superiors for lack of leadership during violent clashes with protesters this week.

The officers are angry that they received no orders on how to deal with anti-government protesters at the Thai-Japanese sports complex in Din Daeng district.

National Police Chief Adul Saengsingkaew and his deputy, Pol Gen Worapong Chiwpreecha, are among the targets of the complaints.

The officers began venting their frustration after the death of a colleague who was shot during the confrontation with protesters on Thursday, a police source said on Friday. 

Pol Sr Sgt Maj Narong Pitisit, 45, succumbed to his injuries after he was shot in the chest by an unidentified gunman at the venue on Thursday.

One policeman wrote on LINE that the officers tasked with handling demonstrators both inside and outside Bangkok were losing morale because the protesters are armed with guns.

"Officers had no intention to move in on the protesters," he wrote. "We didn't know how to act because we didn't receive any orders from our commanders. We were like sitting ducks out there."

According to the source, many lower-ranking police officers are considering bringing their pistols for protection as they perform their duties. Some may start to disobey orders to confront the demonstrators if the lack of command continues.

Officers also shared on LINE pictures of official documents addressed to their superiors, asking them to find solutions to ensure the safety of those keeping order at protest sites.

The request was signed by Pol Sub Lt Thanakorn Huaykuadwattana, an inspector at Don Tum police station in Nakhon Pathom. 

The Royal Thai Police have acknowledged the complaints that have been circulating and are trying to resolve the problems, the source said.

Share your thoughts

Discussion 1 : 28/12/2013 at 10:26 AM
Always be prepare to protect yourself because there is no such peaceful protesters in the planet. Everyone knew that protesters are always violent and danger so if you don't want to die just don't go near them or don't ever let them come near you.
Discussion 2 : 28/12/2013 at 09:24 AM
Police superiors buy their poisons in most cases so they have no fundamental knowledge or experience in handling many police situations. Time to scrap this practice and promote people that actually know their job and even more importantly, are willing to do it.
Discussion 3 : 28/12/2013 at 07:45 AM
police need reform, they are politicized and it's complicating things for them. Same goes for the army, they're just better disciplined at trying to not be a tool.
Discussion 4 : 28/12/2013 at 06:19 AM
In the west, people are taught to THINK for themselves, here that is not a character trait, being robotic they can not function without orders. I'm sure there are logical steps to take, but alas Thai's are not known for their logic and critical thinking skills. Boils down to poor education system which is in serious need of reform.
Discussion 5 : 28/12/2013 at 04:12 AM
Been there, seen that, lucky me not with the Thais, or the 'Americans' (//'friendly fire'), but... Kids with guns are even more dangerous than adults, and considering the mental age of the average puchai Thais... I'd do all not to be around, they're like turning the whole fancy fair into one shooting gallery, crazy stuff, good they don't shoot better, no further comments, would be insulting for the RTP, and for the RTA.
Discussion 6 : 28/12/2013 at 03:48 AM
Why don't they just JOIN the protesters instead of confronting them and bringing in their pistols to defend themselves, if they're so fed up with their superiors, who are part of the problem the protesters are addressing after all?
Discussion 7 : 27/12/2013 at 11:45 PM
Who wants to be a police man/women these days? Clearly they are used in a political deadly game of sit and duck (the bullets) When fear strikes ...even a police force can get out of control!!! wouldn't you?
Discussion 8 : 27/12/2013 at 10:16 PM
The police have no experience as they sat on their hands in Ratchprasong .No one wants to make a decision because it might make Thaksin mad and lead to a transfer to the south .Interesting how when the Army had to come in and do their job for them they got nothing but complaints .
Discussion 9 : 27/12/2013 at 09:23 PM
When moral gets low, just look at the flag! you serve for King Country and Religion. Ride on brave cops.
Discussion 10 : 27/12/2013 at 09:13 PM
Waist of time trying to get the senior ranks of their backsides, nothing in it for them.

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