Police officers in Bengbu, Anhui province have been defended as ‘slow but not timid’ after video footage showed them failing to intervene while a 17 year old girl was stabbed in front of them.
The Global Times reports that an investigation has been opened into the incident after outraged netizens asked why the two cops did not stop the stabbing.
The suspect, surnamed Shen, first bought a kitchen knife and a fruit knife from the supermarket in Majiazhen county, Bengbu, where the victim, surnamed Hu, had been working as a cashier for two months.
Shen stabbed the victim a dozen times in her chest and when two police officers, surnamed Cui and Song respectively, arrived, they watched Shen stab the girl over 10 times without stepping forward to stop the crime.
In the video, caught by a surveillance camera, the two cops are standing about two metres away from the victim as she was murdered. The two heroes throw a plastic stool and a paper box at the suspect after the victim has stopped moving.
It was not until Shen stabbed himself twice and fell down to the ground did the policemen began to approach him. According to the video footage, the two police officers did not seize the opportunity to subdue him the first time Shen stabbed himself, giving the man the chance to stab the girl again.
Speaking to the People’s Daily, the head of the Public Security Bureau of Bengbu’s Yuhui district said that “the two policemen shouted at the suspect but he still did not stop.” Well, at least they tried.
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