Clash be­tween law en­forcers dam­ages their cred­i­bil­ity

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - COMMENT - A MEM­BER of

the traf­fic po­lice and an ur­ban man­age­ment of­fi­cer in Cix­ian county, North China’s He­bei prov­ince, had a quar­rel last month that es­ca­lated into a phys­i­cal con­fronta­tion be­tween the two de­part­ments. Bei­jing News com­mented on Saturday:

It is al­most un­be­liev­able that the two lo­cal law en­force­ment de­part­ments could be dragged into a con­fronta­tion in­volv­ing more than a hun­dred per­son­nel and fork­lift trucks. The spark was re­port­edly a traf­fic po­lice­man us­ing “bad lan­guage” to in­sult an ur­ban pa­trol of­fi­cer.

It is even more ab­surd that the head of the ur­ban man­age­ment bu­reau sought to “be­siege” the traf­fic po­lice sta­tion with a team of em­ploy­ees and trucks. Such a naked abuse of power, es­pe­cially when lo­cal res­i­dents were watch­ing on the side­lines, must be pun­ished in line with rel­e­vant laws.

The sever­ity of the in­ci­dent lies not in the quar­rel be­tween the two law en­force­ment de­part­ments but in the fact they bla­tantly dis­turbed pub­lic order without a sec­ond thought. Usu­ally such an or­ga­nized con­fronta­tion would in­volve ri­val crim­i­nal gangs.

How­ever so far, both de­part­ments have only been re­quired to pro­duce a writ­ten state­ment re­flect­ing “deeply” on their mis­deeds. That is not go­ing to mend the dam­age they have done to the cred­i­bil­ity of lo­cal en­force­ment.

What is even more wor­ry­ing is that they might take a sim­i­lar ap­proach to their daily law en­force­ment du­ties. If that is the case, it needs fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the county’s law en­force­ment and how those re­spon­si­ble go about their work.

The clash be­tween the two lo­cal law en­force­ment de­part­ments also sheds some light on the over­lap­ping du­ties they have, which has caused sim­i­lar trou­ble else­where.

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