Officers from the Criminal Investigations Department and Southern Division have taken into custody a man who was captured on video assaulting a youth for allegedly stealing his phone.
Acting Commissioner, Juki Fong Chew says the video, which is being widely circulated on social media, is being investigated by the joint team, and attempts are now being made to locate the victim.
He says as investigations continue, they are again pleading with members of the public not to resort to violence to resolve issues.
Chew says the excessive consumption of alcohol will always lead to trouble and tragedy, particularly if people fail to step in or stop situations before things get out of control.
The Acting Police Commissioner says we all have a role to play, and it is unfortunate to see such behaviour particularly with our youths, who fail to understand that the excessive consumption of alcohol has serious consequences not only for themselves but others.
He says it is important for those who can, to step in and stop such situations from getting out of hand, and for people to call Police.
The Fiji Police Force is calling on families, community, and religious leaders to assist in addressing this behavioural issue and intervene where and when possible.