China Hush translates a surprising but not unprecedented story from Netease involving a police officer called to the scene of a forced demolition who came under attack from the city management officials who had attacked the property’s elderly owner.
On Oct. 27th, when a Chengguan squad in Zhumadian County in Henan was tearing down a residential building by force, they came into conflict with the owners. More than 20 Chengguan officers started to attack the elderly owner of the house. Seeing this, the neighbors called police.
When police officer Zhang Qia arrived at the scene, he tried to stop the Chengguan from beating this elderly owner who was shoved by the Chengguan on the ground. Despite Zhang arriving with his police car in his police uniform and revealing his identity, the Chengguan didn’t stop their violence and even turned on Zhang Qia. They cornered Zhang, pushed and shoved him. When Zhang tried to escape, Chengguan kept chasing after him and even ‘arrested’ the police officer and brought him in the car to take him to the police station. When the Chengguan arrived at the local police station, they asked the police commissioner to “straighten things out”. Things got completely out of control until the crime squad arrived and had the Chengguan under control. Zhang’s clothes were tore apart during the conflict.
Chengguan recently won the dubious accolade of “China’s Most Notorious Phenomenon” in a poll on Renren.com, and their heavy-handed behaviour, including the alleged murder of a fruit vendor in Guizhou, has repeatedly sparked riots in recent months.