A Shanghai police officer has been “disciplined” after being caught on camera slamming a woman to the sidewalk in Songjiang district on Friday, apparently unconcerned about the child she was holding in her arms.
In the video, the woman is seen shoving the officer multiple times before he suddenly retaliates and slams her to the ground, resulting in the young girl flying from the woman’s arms and also crashing down hard on the pavement.
Other videos from the scene show officers pressing the woman to the ground and accusing her of biting and slapping them. The whole thing began over a parking ticket that the woman ripped up before she tried to prevent the officers from leaving by holding onto their car while she continued to berate them, according to police.
Video of the incident quickly went viral on the Chinese internet, sparking widespread outrage across social media, becoming one of the most hotly-discussed topics.
Soon after the footage leaked online on Friday, the Shanghai Public Security Bureau announced that the officer involved had been suspended pending investigation. On Saturday, Shanghai police released another statement saying that the officer had been “disciplined” for his “serious offense.”
According to Shine.cn, this means that the officer, surnamed Zhu, will not be able to get promoted or have his salary increased over the next 18 months. Meanwhile, the woman who was slammed to the ground was given a warning for impeding police.
The woman and the child were both taken to the hospital following the incident. The woman sustained soft tissue injuries to her face and neck while the little girl had bruises on her arms.
Follow Shanghaiist on WeChat