Police officer shields child while being struck by car

rumblestaffPublished: March 7, 2016111,127 viewsVirality: 9%
Published: March 7, 2016

A Belarusian police officer was caught on video shielding a schoolboy with his body and preventing him from being hit by a car. The accident, recorded on a car dashboard camera, happened in Vitebsk, northeast Belarus, on Wednesday, according to the country's Interior Ministry. The sixth grade pupil was crossing a road on a pedestrian crossing when a man driving his minivan on a tram track lost control of his car. Junior police officer Sergey Batalko, who was walking behind the pupil, dragged the child out of harm’s away and shielded him with his own body. Batalko was hit by the car and sustained a shin injury. The boy was not injured. Other drivers who witnessed the accident stopped, offered the injured officer help and called the traffic police. The driver, 59, who hit the pedestrians failed to explain why he had violated traffic regulations. He may be fined up to 6,300,000 Belarusian rubles (about $300) and have his driving license suspended for two years. Credit to the Interior Ministry of Belarus.

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    ricks · 10 weeks ago

    It looked like the officer was simply following the kid for some reason and neither saw the car coming...

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      Uden · 9 weeks ago

      Yeah they were probably going in the same direction, but you can clearly see him reach out to the kid and attempt to pull him out of harms way.

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        Jumpa · 5 weeks ago

        The kid would of made it safely to the other side, had he not been pulled back

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      gwillybj · 9 weeks ago

      The article says they were in a pedestrian crossing. The officer was likely escorting the boy as a responsible crossing guard should.

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    Liane · 10 weeks ago

    Give that cop a promotion and a raise!

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    Jumpa · 9 weeks ago

    He can't just open that person car door like that. Unless this is some other country than the USA. A clear violation of the drivers 4th amendment. One's rights do not end where your pride is hurt

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      gwillybj · 9 weeks ago

      This was in Belarus, an eastern European nation. Police in many former (and current) Soviet bloc countries have far more freedom, such as exactly what this one did.

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      DavidMcNab · 5 weeks ago

      He's investigating a collision, possibly considering an arrest. Anywhere in North America, and likely any country in the world, he has the right to open the door to identify the driver and continue the investigation. He can even check to see if they are injured or having a medical crisis that caused the incident. A citizen's rights are not violated when he is performing his lawful duty. There are several reasons why this is lawful.

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        Jumpa · 5 weeks ago

        An arrest, for what? Because he followed an idiot walking into traffic, in front of a car going 20-25 mph on a slippery road? Like I said pride hurt. He should arrest the kid for J-walking.

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          Jumpa · 5 weeks ago

          No, he does not have the right to open any door he wants to identify a person. He must first...identify himself. He must produce reasonable suspicion of a crime or the intent thereof You say "continue the investigation?" Was he investigating the car that hit him before it hit him? This car did not intentionally hit him, I've seen cop cars do much worse am I allowed to rip open their door after such an event ..I didn't think so , so neither are they

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        Jumpa · 5 weeks ago

        Don't get me wrong David sir, I respect the police, in fact, my grandfather was chief of police in Boston for a number of years. I hold a vast amount of respect for police and the law. I also have a great deal of respect for our constitutionally protected rights as well! I feel they are being incrementally stifled & stripped from us. We must make a stand, when & where where we see clear violations of these precious rights

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          Jumpa · 5 weeks ago

          "least we shall lose them altogether"

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    kev596 · 9 weeks ago

    Why did he use the kid as a human shield? The kid was clearly out of the cars path.

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    Meadow · 9 weeks ago

    If you look at the video closely * It shows that the first person would have not gotten hit if the person in back didn't grab him & pull um back * Because the person in back pulled the other one back they both got hit * Look at how the Van curved to the right * Enough in which the kid would not have gotten hit * The person might have thought he was helping but he pulled him right into harms way