Another Railway Police Officer Assaulted by Passenger|又補票糾紛 民眾拒補票持安全帽襲列車長
In July, Chiayi railway police officer Lee Cheng-han was killed in the line of duty. Recently, on a Tzuchiang Express train traveling from Yunlin to Chiayi, a passenger without a ticket that was asked to pay for his ride attacked the conductor with a safety helmet. Fortunately, a report was filed right away and the railway police were able to take immediate action when the train arrived at the station.
A male passenger grabs the conductor's walkie-talkie and hurls it to the ground. Several passengers look up to see what all the noise is about. Irate over being asked to purchase a ticket, the passenger assaults the conductor.
The conductor was trying to record him with his phone, and he got really mad and grabbed the phone and threw it on the ground. He also grabbed the conductor's walkie-talkie (and then) assaulted him with a safety helmet.
The Tzuchiang Express train was en route to Chiayi at the time. Two months ago, a railway police officer was killed by a passenger over a similar ticket dispute. Railway police were waiting at the platform when the trained pulled into Chiayi. The passenger did not put up a fight when he saw the police but then apparently fainted. However, he rejected a ride to the hospital and left on his own.
When we got on the train, we saw the conductor and the passenger in question in a confrontation in the corridor. The passenger was very clearly in an extremely emotional state.
The passenger in question was wielding a safety helmet. He was kind of worked up. We asked him to get off the train.
Police say the passenger will face assault charges. After the July incident, President Tsai Ing-wen promised change. However, a railway source says the central government's promise of 260 additional railway police officers has not materialized and outside help from special police corps is currently required at all railway stations. Taiwan has a total of just 650 railway police officers and the shortage is a huge problem. The source says the central government knows a force of least 1,000 officers is needed, but has not responded in any way. Therefore, railway police are not holding their breath.
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