With all of the police brutality throughout the United States – especially in the past year – many have wondered if (or when) there might be a breaking point. Yesterday police officers in Ferguson, Missouri were shot by a sniper on a hilltop near the Ferguson Police Department. While denounced by nearly everyone, some – like hip hop musician Method Man of the Wu Tang Clan, described this as a sort of “chickens coming home to roost” situation. In his words, however, he said the police had “reaped what they sowed.”
While he was certainly not condoning violence against the police, he was saying that when you plant or “sow” violence, you generally harvest or “reap” the same sort of violence that you planted.
But in China, this sort of reaction is far more widespread and normal when the masses witness police killings of innocent people.
After Chengguan officers beat a woman in the streets, literally thousands of angry protesters took to the streets to fight back. The crowd swarmed the officers in the Cangnan County of Wenzhou City, Zhejiang Province.
But it wasn’t just the beating of the woman that sparked this outrage…
When people filmed the beating, officers targeted those recording their abuses, beating a man with a hammer for filming them.
Located in the industrial southeast, Chengguan is a region in China that is notorious for it’s police brutality.
In this case, the cops who attacked the man filming their abuses, beat him until he was literally vomiting blood.
It was only seconds before housands swarmed the cops in their van, throwing stones, and beating them with bats. Eventually, the crowd beat the four of officers to death.
People in the crowd were shouting: “Kill them! Kill them!” Eventually SWAT officers were called out, but they were quickly overwhelmed too, Counter Current News reported shortly after the incident occurred.
In Chengguan the police are a combination of regular officers and state inspectors.
Back in July of last year, they were witnessed beating a man to death and almost killing his wife. All of this was over selling watermelons without a permit.
Before this most recent attack, there were similar responses to police brutality after street vendors were attacked by police back in 2011.
Strangely enough, neither Chinese, nor Western media was very interested in reporting on this major revolt against police brutality. I wonder why?