An officer protects citizens without using lethal force.
One of the great things about living in Japan is the incredibly low crime rate. The price for public peace is not the police who do not want to pull the trigger. Yes, cops in Japan carry firearms, but it is rare that they actually release them from duty.
The latest example of a Japanese police officer handling a situation without using lethal force comes from Nagoyawhere a potentially aggressive person approached a group of citizens in a threatening manner. The officer at the scene did not have to fire a single shot and managed to persuade the would-be attacker to withdraw… even though he was talking to the wild boar.
Around 2:40 a.m. Sunday afternoon, a pair of wild boars were spotted in Nagoya Moriyama Branch, in riverside areas near homes that are usually devoid of so much fauna and flora. Officers were dispatched to the site to warn residents and watch out for the animals, and two hours later the wild boars reappeared near the banks of the Yada River. One of the boars, about one meter (3.3 feet) long, began to make charging movements at a group of about 10 people, but a 36-year-old policeman, seen in the video above, stood between them.
Officer, Sergeant of the Moriyama Prefectural Police Station of the Aichi Prefectural Police, he drew his pistol and shouted at the boar “I’ll shoot you!” (“utsu zo!” in Japanese) and “Get out of here!” and both animals turned and dashed back into the bushes.
Online commentators were impressed with both the officer’s handling of the situation and the boar’s apparent language skills.
“The savages in Nagoya understand human languages?!?”
“Wow. I never knew savages understood Japanese.
“Hurry to peaceful Japan!”
“I really hope they don’t kill the wild boars [even though] I understand that it is dangerous for them to be in these parts of the city.
“Since Nagoya boars seem to understand human words, I hope someone like Nausicaa [of the Valley of the Wind] he will come and tell them, “You are good little boars. Please go back to the forest,” and then they’ll go back to Park Ghibli and live there.”
The wild boars were seen again later that night in Nagoya’s Kita district, in an even more developed part of the city, as shown in the video here.
Despite a successful attempt at interspecies communication by a police officer, authorities continue to warn residents to watch out for wild boars and keep their distance if they happen to see them. Pets can be very dangerousfinally, and preventing injury-producing encounters will give boars the best chance of returning to their usual habitat without being slaughtered.
Source: Mainichi Shimbun by Hachim Kiko, NHK News Network, Twitter
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