Date
20 September 2017
One of the suspected attackers (left) is a retired police officer. A reporter shows where he was hit (right). Photo: Baidu
One of the suspected attackers (left) is a retired police officer. A reporter shows where he was hit (right). Photo: Baidu

Shenzhen police official in hot water over journalist beatings

A senior police official is under investigation over an incident in which Shenzhen policemen allegedly attacked three journalists who found them having an expensive restaurant dinner on public money.

Wang Yuanping, chief of Dongshen police bureau, was one of the officers caught dining on giant salamander, a rare and protected species, at the Mingzhu Seafood Villa in the Luohu Reservoir, am730 reported Tuesday.

The reporters from Southern Metropolis Daily were acting on a tip-off about the banquet.

When they entered the VIP room, they found more than two dozen officials dining on the expensive dish. The dinner was reportedly paid for with public money.

The officers attacked the reporters after they showed their media identity cards, beating them and grabbing their cameras before smashing them, the report said.

The reporters called the police for help but the responders allowed the attackers to drive away. Also, the restaurant refused to release video footage of the incident, the report said. 

The Shenzhen police department apologized to the reporters and to the newspaper.

It said the banquet was hosted by retired cadres and the policemen involved in the attack had been suspended.

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