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Police officer assaults taxi driver after refusing to pay his fare because he doesn’t have money

By Mason White 10:39 AM October 30, 2015
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By: Feng Qian
(Scroll down for video) A police officer was arrested on a charge of assault after hitting a taxi driver who demanded payment for driving him around town, police in Japan said.

Osaka police said that they have arrested 25-year-old Masaki Tanoue, after being accused of punching the 63-year-old taxi driver because he demanded payment.

The officer was charged with one count of assault and one count of theft. According to the police investigation, the incident occurred around 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

Tanoue told the taxi driver that he did not have enough money to pay the 6,780 yen ($55) fare. He and asked the driver to stop at an ATM so he can withdraw some cash.

When Tanoue left the taxi, he started walking away instead of going to the ATM. When the 63-year-old driver chased him on foot, Tanoue elbowed him.

A passerby who witnessed the altercation, detained Tanoue until police arrived. Tanoue was on his way home after drinking for three hours with his coworkers.