The man was caught after the clip was broadcasted on TV, prompting higher authorities to take action against him
It may be very tempting to indulge in a secret romance but this police officer probably wishes now that he didn't. The man was caught on camera kissing a woman who he should have been booking for breaching pandemic rules. The footage was shared by a TV station prompting higher authorities to suspend him while they investigated the incident, reported LADBible.
In the viral clip, the officer can be seen approaching the woman, probably to take down her details and book her for breaking COVID rules but then he seems to have a change of mind. He ends up kissing her instead after a brief exchange. After the clip was broadcast, Luis Molina, mayor of the Miraflores district in Lima, suspended the officer. 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."
The unnamed officer apparently had a clean record before this. "This action by itself is a very serious one and that's why he's been suspended," Rodriguez added. Meanwhile, it was reported nine police officers from London were each handed a £200 fine after they were caught breaking lockdown rules themselves by sitting in a café. The photo taken by a citizen shows several officers sitting together at tables, despite rules put out by the government that clearly bans gatherings and restrict restaurants from allowing customers to sit in.
"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," a Metropolitan Police spokesperson 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," Chief Superintendent Rob Atkin said in a statement.