Man Accuses Police Officer of Shooting Him in the Back

A victim of an alleged police shooting filed a court complaint on Monday against a police official in Banteay Meanchey province for attempted manslaughter and illegal use of a weapon — an incident national police brushed off as being only a “warning shot.”

Neang Makara, 21, saw two men who live in his village being stopped by a deputy police chief of Poipet’s Nimit commune, Rithy Piseth, while driving home by motorbike after playing mobile phone games with friends, according to a letter he wrote to rights group Adhoc seeking help.

Makara turned around and spoke to the officer, telling him to take it easy and let them go since it was late at night, the letter says.

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