By Michael Evans
A police officer in Nanjing has been suspended for “suggesting” that drivers stopped for traffic violations buy cases of coconut milk as an alternative to being penalized.
Traffic cop Han Jun was secretly filmed (see below) by reporters from a local TV station last Thursday as he stopped the driver of a white minivan on Nanjing’s Guanghua Road. Video shows Han talking with the driver, then pointing him towards another van parked nearby. The driver walked to the van, bought two cases of coconut milk, and brought them back to his own vehicle before driving away.
Jiangsu TV interviewed another driver, identified by his surname Zhang, who claimed to have been pulled over by Han Jun. The driver recalled how the officer had acted sympathetic. “It’s not easy for anybody,” Zhang remembered Han saying. “It’s not easy for that guy selling things over there either. Why don’t you go over and buy two cases of his coconut milk?”
Zhang did as the officer suggested, and was allowed to drive off without a ticket. He said that the coconut milk had cost about 100 yuan per case, about the same as the usual supermarket price.
On January 4, Nanjing police announced that Han Jun had been suspended, and that Han’s traffic police unit was currently under investigation. Nothing more was revealed about the identity of the coconut milk seller or his relationship to Han Jun.