Police officers in Papua, Indonesia are in hot water after a video surfaced online of detectives using a snake to scare a robbery suspect during an interrogation. The video shows the suspect sitting on the floor against a wall with his hands tied behind his back. A police officer drapes a large snake over the man’s shoulders while holding the head of the snake up to the suspect’s face.


In the video, the detectives begin to question the suspect about stealing cellular phones. The suspect admits to taking the phones “two times,” according to Reuters. Throughout the interrogation, the suspect cries while he attempts to move away from the snake. The officer also threatened to place the snake in the suspect’s “mouth and under his trousers.”

Tonny Ananda Swadaya, the police chief in Jayawijaya, released a statement of apology for the officers’ actions and stated the detective in question is now under investigation. “We have taken stern action against the personnel,” said Swadaya, who also pointed out the suspect was not injured in the interrogation. According to a report from the Sydney Morning Herald, the snake used in the video was “nonvenomous.”

“We apologize for the incident,” said a police spokesman. “Institutionally, we do not recognize such an unprofessional method of interrogation, and we guarantee that such an inhuman method will not happen again in the future.”