Cop Suspended After Kissing Woman Instead Of Booking Her For Breaking Covid Rules
A police officer in Peru has been suspended after he was caught on camera kissing a woman who he should have been booking for breaching Covid rules.
Footage of the kiss was shared by a TV station, prompting the cops bosses to place him on gardening leave while they investigate the incident.
In the clip, the officer approaches the woman, presumably to take down her details and book her for breaking the rules, but then it seems he's persuaded to change his mind, as he ends up mashing lips with her instead.
Not exactly Covid-friendly that, is it?
After the clip was broadcast, Luis Molina, mayor of the Miraflores district in Lima, where the incident took place, sent the officer home pending an investigation.
Ibero Rodriguez, in charge of citizen security for the district, said: "Our mayor Luis Molina has taken the decision to suspend this officer immediately.
"There are several infringements. The young woman disrespects social distancing rules and he allows it.
"Then he takes off his mask to give her a kiss."
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The officer, who hasn't been named, has not been in trouble before, according to Rodriguez, who added: "This action by itself is a very serious one and that's why he's been suspended."
Meanwhile, a little nearer to home, nine police officers from London were each handed a £200 fine after they were snapped breaking lockdown rules sitting in a café.
The officers were photographed by a member of the public inside The Chef House Kitchen in Greenwich, south east London on Saturday 9 January.
The images showed several officers sat together at tables, despite rules banning gatherings and restaurants from allowing customers to sit in.
A Metropolitan Police spokesperson said: "Nine Metropolitan Police officers have been fined for breaching Covid-19 legislation while on duty.
"Photos emerged online earlier this month which appeared to show a group of uniformed officers from the South East Basic Command Unit dining in a local café.
"Following an investigation, it was determined that the officers involved should be issued with fixed penalty notices to the value of £200 each."
Chief Superintendent Rob Atkin said: "Police officers are tasked with enforcing the legislation that has been introduced to stop the spread of the virus and the public rightly expect that they will set an example through their own actions.
"It is disappointing that on this occasion, these officers have fallen short of that expectation. It is right that they will pay a financial penalty and that they will be asked to reflect on their choices."
Featured Image Credit: Buenos Días Perú
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