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posted by janrinok on Thursday August 04 2016, @08:24PM   Printer-friendly
from the now-that-is-a-surprise dept.

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As Tim Cushing wrote a few months back, recording the police is a complex and contentious issue in the US. But what about in China? Given the increasing clampdown on the Internet world, it's pretty easy to guess that the Chinese authorities wouldn't take too kindly to members of the public trying to hold the police to account in this way. Easy to guess -- and yet wrong, according to this story in the South China Morning Post (SCMP):

Chinese residents can now record the actions of police ­officers as long as it does not stop them from doing their job.

The article provides a little background to this rather surprising news:

The move is expected to help keep police in check but there were no details on how it will be enforced.

And this is why some of them clearly need to be controlled better:

Environmental scientist Lei, 29, died in police custody in May just 50 minutes after he was ­approached by plainclothes ­officers for an identification check in his neighbourhood.

At first, police said he died of a heart attack, but an autopsy report this month said he died of suffocation from gastric fluid.

The public blamed his death on police handling, with two case officers arrested on suspicion of dereliction of duty.

Source: TechDirt

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  • (Score: 4, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday August 04 2016, @09:20PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday August 04 2016, @09:20PM (#384247)

    At least this is a step in the right direction. I think the US needs to publicly declare the same thing. I have a suspicion that quite a few police beatings / killings are mercenary hit jobs. Company doesn't like the public attention the environmental scientists is bringing? Pay off some cops to arrest and brutally beat him.

    This same shit goes down in the US, we are known for being one of the more corrupt countries. Maybe its just that such police "services" are very expensive so we don't get as many blatant examples of it. Or we just don't hear about them for some reason...

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  • (Score: 2) by takyon on Thursday August 04 2016, @09:31PM

    by takyon (881) <> on Thursday August 04 2016, @09:31PM (#384253) Journal
  • (Score: 2) by GungnirSniper on Thursday August 04 2016, @09:34PM

    by GungnirSniper (1671) on Thursday August 04 2016, @09:34PM (#384257) Journal

    Supposedly Israeli orchestrates car accidents against nuclear and weapons scientists in Arab countries as well as Iran. I haven't even heard your theory on overnight AM radio.

  • (Score: 2) by PocketSizeSUn on Friday August 05 2016, @02:55AM

    by PocketSizeSUn (5340) on Friday August 05 2016, @02:55AM (#384358)

    That's a bit paranoid.

    COPS in the US brutalize people for the lulz...