Dozens of angry Chinese massed outside the Shanghai Higher People’s Court during the verdict. “He’s a hero,” one woman shouted. “The Chinese people have no right to speak,” one man declared.
Widespread disgust in China over police behavior led to a wave of support for Yang Jia, who was accused of forcing his way into a Shanghai police station July 1 and killing six officers in a stabbing spree. Such violence is rare in China.