A drunk policeman in Guigang, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region is currently in custody for shooting and killing a pregnant restaurant owner because she didn’t offer milk tea, Beijing Youth Daily reports:
The police officer, 33, surnamed Hu, came to the victim’s restaurant on Monday evening while intoxicated. Hu asked the owner if they had milk tea, and when told that they didn’t, he shot her and her husband. The woman, surnamed Wu, and her fetus died after being sent to hospital. Her husband was also injured, local police said.
The case ignited discussions online with fierce condemnation from Net users, and many suggested that police officers should not be permitted to carry a gun while not on duty.
The powers of police have been expanding in China in recent years, and like many other countries, China faces problems related to restricting police power, said a commentary by news portal caixin.com.
According to the Law on the Control of Guns, police can only fire a gun when violent crimes occur, and warnings have failed. The Ministry of Public Security also states that policemen should not drink alcohol while armed.