Jul 22, 2019 Human Rights Comments Off on Policeman who killed Vietnamese in 2017 gets suspended sentence
Taipei, A policeman who shot and killed a Vietnamese migrant worker in Hsinchu County two years ago has received a suspended sentence for negligent manslaughter, the Hsinchu District Court said Monday.
The court sentenced policeman Chen Chungwen to eight months in jail, but suspended the sentence for three years, meaning that if Chen does not have any blemishes on his record during that time, he will not have to go to prison.
Chen was charged after firing nine shots at an apparently defenseless Vietnamese migrant worker named Nguyen Quoc Phi in an incident that took place on Aug. 31, 2017.
The 27yearold Vietnamese, who had left his contracted employer, was suspected of vandalism and stealing from a car in Jhubei City when Chen and a member of the civil defense corps were dispatched to the scene.
The duo tried to detain Nguyen, but he threw stones at them, injuring the civil defense officer.
As a result, Chen fired nine shots, all of which hit the Vietnamese man, who later died from loss of blood.
In January 2018, prosecutors indicted Chen for negligent manslaughter after concluding their investigation into the highprofile case that sparked protests by Vietnamese workers in Taiwan against police violence.
In its ruling Monday, the court found that the officer had used excessive force and that his response violated the principle of proportionality.
Despite having already fired four shots at Nguyen, which seriously limited the suspect's ability to resist arrest, Chen nevertheless went on to fire five more shots at his victim, the court found.
But considering Chen's inexperience as an officer as he was relatively new to the force and only 22 years old at the time, and that he has compensated the family of the victim, he was only given an eightmonth sentence suspended for three years, the court ruled.
According to local news reports, Chen reached a settlement with Nguyen's relatives for NT$2.6 million in 2018.
The Hsinchu District Prosecutors Office still pressed charges for negligent manslaughter, however, and used footage from Chen's body camera as evidence.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel
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