A chengguan, or urban management officer, in eastern China believes he and his colleagues don’t deserve the bad rap thrown their way by the public, and to prove his point, he has started wearing Google Glass.
Jiang Yifan, from Changzhou in Jiangsu province, will use the spectacles-like device to record confrontations with vendors and squatters while enforcing urban management regulations, Shanghai Daily reported Tuesday.
“Video footage taken at the scene is the best evidence,” Jiang was quoted as saying on his Weibo microblog, where he posted a picture of himself wearing the gizmo.
Chengguan use video cameras to record incidents during the performance of their duties, such as the demolition of illegally built structures, but sometimes the presence of a video camera can only aggravate what is already a tense situation, Yangtze Evening News reported.
“It’s better with Google Glass. My hands are free and it can record what I see,” said Jiang, who bought the device online for about 10,000 yuan (US$1,606), according to the report.
Chengguan have earned a bad reputation in many parts of China, with people accusing them of brutality in carrying out their work.
Just this month, a 68-year-old man in Fuzhou City in southeast China’s Fujian province died following an argument with chengguan who allegedly kicked and beat him after he accused them of being heavy-handed in clearing illegal stalls, the report said.
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