Japanese policeman stabs fellow officer by mistake
NHK -- Jul 18
A Japanese policeman stabbed another officer by mistake during training when he used a real knife instead of a replica.

Police in Okayama Prefecture, western Japan said the incident occurred at a police academy last December while rookie officers were undergoing training in how to subdue a knife-wielding criminal.

The instructing officer acting as the criminal was supposed to use a replica but used a real survival knife. He stabbed the trainee in the chest, causing a minor injury.

The officer reportedly told police that he used a real knife to build a feeling of tension. He said he never intended to injure anyone, but stabbed by mistake.

The officer was fined 4,600 dollars by a summary court in April on a charge of professional negligence resulting in injury. He was also reprimanded by the Okayama prefectural police, but the police didn't make the incident public.

The victim left the police force in January and filed a suit against Okayama Prefecture in March, seeking about 50,000 dollars in compensation. Okayama police say they will respond in good faith.

岡山県警察学校で、訓練中に教官の男性警部補が新人の巡査の胸を本物のサバイバルナイフで刺してけがをさせていたことが分かりました。 事件があったのは去年12月10日に行われた刃物を持った犯人を確保するための訓練です。男性教官が説得に応じて模造刀を捨てた後、当時、初任科生だった男性巡査(19)の胸を本物のサバイバルナイフで刺しました。けがをした巡査は病院に搬送されて4日間入院し、今年1月に依願退職しました。男性教官は今年4月、業務上過失傷害の罪で罰金50万円の略式命令を受けました。岡山県警は「誠実に対応していく」とコメントしています。
News sources: NHK, ANNnewsCH
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