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:
“NY police can turn their back on the mayor. Our police would kneel down to the mayor. US media are free to expose their government while ours only expose those who fall from their positions due to corruption.”
“What do Chinese police do? They’re the working dogs of the regime. They’re good at cracking down on people.”
“In China, there are good policemen, but not many. Those who torture and beat people, do they need to be saluted for what they’ve done?”
“Dear editor. Just one question for you. Do you think Chinese police can come together from different parts of cities to attend the funeral of a colleague? Can they dare to turn their back on the mayors? Can they go on strike for their human rights abuses? Can they quit for not doing forced abolishing of people’s houses? There is no common sense in China.”
Research by Mona Song
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