The family of a 14 year boy who died after a police chase intend to sue the police in Nakhon Phanom.
Thanawut died after hitting a tree. He had been chased by a traffic policeman attached to the Muang district police in the north eastern Thai city.
He was chased because he was not wearing a helmet and refused to stop.
His father Chalao, 52, and mother Nitaya, 45, and relatives have gone to the press for help in their fight for justice. Chaleo is an assistant to the phu yai ban in his village. And today armed with video footage they were planning to take their grievances up with the police.
Thanawut was on his way home from Muang district to Ban Don Yang Nang on Monday 19th. The parents said their son became scared and fled. He lost control of his Honda Wave near the Nakhon Phanom University and hit a tree.
After this they alleged that the traffic policeman – Number 618 – pulled his body in a cruel manner. They claim he should have been helping their son get to hospital. Locals filmed this part of the incident. After a while the locals and the police got the boy to hospital.
But he was already dead – Sanook said he was dead immediately after the accident.
The parents are claiming that their son experienced worse treatment than if he had been a thief or a murderer.
They accept he was not wearing a helmet but they claim the policeman’s response was over the top.
A cremation was held on Saturday and now the family’s attention has turned to getting compensation from the police.