Coast Guard officer takes excessive action against female citizen: JCG denies the accusation
January 23, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo
In Oura Bay, Nago, a 51-year-old female filmmaker Asako Kageyama was on a ship protesting against the plan to build an alternative base in Henoko, Nago, for U.S. Marine Corp Air Station Futenma in Ginowan. When Kageyma was filming offshore construction being carried out by workers employed by the Okinawa Defense Bureau, a coast guard officer took excessive action against her by putting his leg on her shoulder and holding her body down with his weight.
In an interview with the Ryukyu Shimpo on January 22, a spokesperson from the 11th Regional Coast Guard Headquarters sad, “There is no evidence that the officer took excessive action against Kageyama. He lowered her head so he could pass through the aisle to get to the rear end of the ship where the tiller is located.”
Ryukyu Shimpo reporters have looked into photographs taken by their news cameraman. The officer came from the rear of the ship, and extended his left hand to take away Kageyama’s camera, and then put his leg on her shoulder. He did not lower her to get through the aisle. The explanation by the spokesperson contradicts what actually happened.
The spokesperson claimed, “Only one person can go through the aisle and Kageyama prevented the officer from doing so.” However, the photographs showed that the officer grabbed Kageyama’s head from behind her back and made a grab for her camera.
When she resisted, the officer put his leg on her shoulder and leaned down on her body. The officer later removed his leg but did not try to go through the aisle.
The officer was already at the rear end of the ship before putting his leg on her shoulder. The explanation by the spokesperson of the 11th Regional Coast Guard Headquarters, saying the officer made her duck her head to pass through the aisle to get to the rear end of the ship, contradicts what actually happened.
Kageyama said, “These coast guard officers are lying because they think nobody is watching. I felt like the officer did not care about breaking my camera. If they think they have to act in accordance with the law, they need to sincerely clarify what actually happened.”
(English translation by T&CT)
In a series of photographs (from top to bottom), a coast guard officer took excessive action against Kageyama by putting his leg on her shoulder. The officer made a grab for her camera with his left hand from behind her back. He then put his leg on her shoulder and leaned down on her body when Kageyama crouched over to protect herself. In Oura Bay in Nago at 2:35 p.m. on January 20(Photographs taken by Takaya Kinra).
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