A shocking video shot from the back of a Shenzhen police car has become a serious topic of outrage and discussion on Chinese social media.
The video was secretly filmed by one of two women who had been arrested for not showing their identity cards during a routine inspection in Bao’an District last month. During the drive to the police station, the women were verbally harassed, insulted and threatened by the officer.
“We were just on the street and you forcibly bring us to the police station,” one of the two women is overheard saying in the video. “If the law is unfair, then change it!” the officer replies in anger. The conversation quickly escalated from there, with the officer saying a number of things that an officer really shouldn’t say:
“That’s right, I arrested you because you’re beautiful!”
“I suspect that you’re men, strip for me and I’ll take a look at it.”
“Even if I wasn’t a true policeman, you’d still need to cooperate with me.”
“I’ll put you in the prison with thieves and criminals who have AIDS, so you better enjoy yourself.”
Yikes. Following the public outrage, the Bao’an police department announced on Weibo last Friday that they have launched an immediate investigation into the officer in the video. Zhou Zhaoxiaing, Bao’an District PSB chief, also made a public apology to both women, saying that the officer’s behavior was unforgivable and that he had already been suspended, SCMP reports.
Despite the department’s efforts to smooth out the matter, netizens on Weibo have continued to lash out against the officer’s questionable conduct and Chinese policing in general:
“That’s how police officers are in China. The scenes in which police officers act heroically on TV are all lies. They’re just a bunch of idiots,” one Weibo user commented.
“Idiotic officers represent idiotic government,” another netizen wrote.
“If we have to be on guard around law enforcement officers, there’ll be no sense of safety or security in this world,” another agreed.
Watch the video below with captions provided by CCTV News:
Police misconduct has become a hot topic in China recently following the mysterious death last month of Lei Yang, a young father who suspiciously died in police custody after being picked up in a raid on a brothel. Earlier this month, it was announced that five Beijing cops are under investigation for Lei’s death.
By Katie Ngai
[Images via Sina // Video via CCTV News]