Netizens have applauded a Chongqing city police officer after a video showing him singing to a woman with mental illness to keep her calm was posted online via the Chongqing City Police’s official Weibo account.
The woman was brought to the cop’s attention on May 9 when a few passersby saw her wandering about by herself in rural Chongqing, seemingly lost. Police officers Liang Tao and Zhou Yunlong arrived at the scene to bring her home. The woman, who was not carrying identification, repeatedly told the police that her surname was Ka, but could not provide her home address.
She was brought to the local police station, where she seemed nervous and afraid. Liang sat next to her and the two began to chat. He learned that she came from the Chang Tian village, an hour away from the station, and he was able to contact her husband, surnamed Ma, to pick her up.
While the two were waiting, the woman got up and insisted that she wanted to leave. In order to calm her down, Liang began to sing. The woman appeared so at ease afterwards that she began clapping and dancing along.
At around 11:00 p.m., Ma arrived and confirmed that his wife, surnamed Wang, has a history of mental illness. He speculated that she wandered away and got lost while he was busy outside, and said that it was the third time she had done so.
The video of Liang’s singing has gone viral online, receiving over 700,000 clicks within three hours. Watch it here:
By Sharon Choi