Looking at Police in China Vs. the US After the Killing of NYPD Officer Liu Wenjian

Images of the funeral of NYPD officer Wenjian Liu, and police officers in Beijing. (Images: Weibo via China Digital Times, and Beijing Cop/Flickr)
Images of the funeral of NYPD officer Wenjian Liu, and police officers in Beijing. (Images: Weibo via China Digital Times, and Beijing Cop/Flickr)

Chinese-American police officer Wenjian Liu was shot dead Dec. 27 while on duty in Brooklyn, New York. His colleague Rafael Ramos was also killed.

Both were honored with solemn, large-scale funeral processions. And at both, many NYPD turned their backs on the city’s mayor to protest his lack of support for the city’s police.

Liu’s widow said (via an interpreter) that in China “people respect the police more. There, the police are looked at as officials with enormous power,” according to NBC News.

Hu Xijin, chief editor of China’s state-controlled media Global Times, however, voiced a different belief:

“Watching the solemn funeral New York held for the Chinese-American police officer, I was deeply moved. China isn’t this good to its police… There are often people within the people’s public opinion who incite revenge on the police…”

Does that sound like the current climate in the United States? What do Chinese netizens say?

Many people mentioned a recent incident where officers in Taiyuan, Shanxi, attacked migrant workers who were protesting unpaid wages. One woman was beaten to death, and a video was posted online—and later censored—showing an officer standing on her hair.

Others commented on Yang Jia who killed six Shanghai police officers in 2007, after he claimed to have been humiliated and tortured by police when questioned about riding an unlicensed bike. Numerous bloggers approved of his actions.

Some further comments by bloggers:

Research by Mona Song

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