Date
20 January 2017
Futian port officials rush to the aid of a colleague who was said to have been tasered by a parallel-goods trader on Sunday. Photos: baidu, weibo
Futian port officials rush to the aid of a colleague who was said to have been tasered by a parallel-goods trader on Sunday. Photos: baidu, weibo

Woman held for attacking Futian customs officer with stun gun

Shenzhen authorities have arrested a mainland woman after she allegedly attacked a customs officer at Futian port with a stun gun.

According to media reports, the attack took place Sunday evening following a quarrel over long waiting times at a customs clearance facility. 

At about 8 pm, when the Futian port was packed with people waiting to cross the border and enter Shenzhen, officers were on alert against the so-called parallel goods traders who buy up goods in bulk in Hong Kong and resell them for profit in the mainland.

There were tighter checks on baggage, leading to delays in the customs clearance process.

As each piece of luggage was put through X-ray machine, the waiting time to clear the customs stretched for long as three hours, leading to flared tempers among the passengers. 

Amid this situation, a woman — suspected to be a parallel goods trader — was caught on camera getting into a quarrel with a customs officer.

In a video clip that has gone viral, several officers could be seen subduing the woman as a colleague lay on the ground.

Mainland media cited a witness as saying that the woman tasered the officer, rendering him unconscious.

The victim regained consciousness later in a hospital but doctors said they would need more tests to determine if the officer suffered any head concussion, Sing Tao Daily reported.

Under Chinese law, a person charged with assaulting a police officer could face up to three years in prison. Those found with a stun gun could also be jailed for as long as three years.

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