Police officer shields child while being struck by car

rumblestaffPublished: March 7, 201690,414 viewsVirality: 60%
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 · 1 week 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 · 4 days 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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      gwillybj · 3 days 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 · 6 days ago

    Give that cop a promotion and a raise!

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    Jumpa · 4 days 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 · 3 days 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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    kev596 · 7 hours ago

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