Saudi police shoot viral rogue drifter
A Saudi police officer shot a motorist who was drifting in the middle of the road in the Eastern Saudi city of Hafr Al-Batin.
Video footage showing the officer ask the driver to pullover and get out of his vehicle has gone viral on social media. The footage then shows the officer shooting towards the driver who refused to follow the policeman’s orders.
A statement issued by the Saudi Eastern Province police in response to the video confirmed that the driver, who is in his mid-thirties, was shot at and arrested. He will face charges of harming general safety.
Saudi lawmaker Yazid Ghazwany told Al Arabiya that article seven of the Kingdom’s security law allows police officers to defend themselves by firing at people who pose threat to the community.
An Arabic hashtag praising the officer’s act trended among Saudi Twitter users over the past two days, while many called for harsher punishments against car drifters in Saudi Arabia.
Popular among a sector of Saudi youth, car drifting has often resulted in a number of accidents that were live video shot and heavily regulated online over the past few years.
Saudi authorities have recently started a clamp down on the dangerous trend by arresting a number of rogue drifters.
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