A 53-year-old Hyogo prefectural police officer has been arrested on suspicion of assaulting a male passerby while intoxicated. The suspect, identified as Koji Kamigaki, has denied the charge and said he doesn’t remember anything, according to police.
Kamigaki, an inspector at the Takarazuka Police Station’s Community Affairs Division, reportedly was off duty and drinking at a cafe bar in Kobe's Tarumi Ward on the night of Feb 11, Sankei Shimbun reported. Just past midnight on Monday, the owner of the establishment attempted to get him into a taxi, but Kamigaki resisted.
A 52-year-old male passerby tried to help get Kamidaki into the vehicle when he was kicked in the stomach by the officer. The bar owner told police that Kamidaki was intoxicated after having drunk two bottles of wine and four to five glasses of beer.
Police quoted Kamigaki as saying, “If you say that I kicked [the victim], it might be true, but I don’t remember anything.”
On Feb 6, Kamigaki was in an accident while patrolling the neighborhood on a motorcycle. He was recuperating when the physical altercation occurred.© Japan Today