Police officer arrested for assaulting movie-goer at theater in Aichi Prefecture
Japan Today -- Aug 13
An assistant police inspector in Komaki, Aichi Prefecture, has been arrested on suspicion of assaulting a male movie-goer at a theater.

According to Aichi prefectural police, Akinori Komoda, 53, who works in the community affairs division, grabbed the shoulders of a 34-year-old man and dragged him along the aisle in the theater at around 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sankei Shimbun reported. Police said Komoda was off duty on Tuesday and repeatedly told the man to stop fiddling with his smartphone during the movie. The physical altercation ensued when the man ignored Komoda’s requests.

After the incident, the man called Komaki Police Station to file a complaint. Police said Komoda has partially denied the charge and quoted him as saying,“Although I did grab his shoulders, I did not drag him (inside the movie theater).”

愛知県警察本部半田警察署の警察官が、愛知県小牧市の映画館で男性会社員を引きずる等の暴行を加えたとして現行犯逮捕されました。  逮捕されたのは、半田警察署地域課の警部補、古茂田明典容疑者(53)です。  警察によりますと古茂田容疑者は、11日午後4時半頃、小牧市内の映画館で、34歳の会社員の男性の左肩をつかんで引きずった暴行の疑いが持たれています。  2人に面識はなく、映画の上映中に男性がスマートフォンを触っていたため、古茂田容疑者が注意したところトラブルになったとみられ、駆け付けた警察官に現行犯逮捕されました。  古茂田容疑者は調べに対し、「肩はつかんだが引きずってはいない」と容疑を一部否認しています。  愛知県警の依田龍次郎首席監察官は、「捜査結果を踏まえ厳正に対処します」とコメントしています。
News sources: Japan Today, CBCニュース
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