Story By:Scott Feng, Sub-Editor: Jamie King, Agency:Asia Wire Report
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This viral video with over three million views shows a traffic cop pepper-spraying a woman in the face when she ignores his orders and tries to cross the road during a red light.
Social media users and members of the public have been overwhelming supportive of the unnamed policeman, saying the cop from Xi’an, capital of north-western China’s Shaanxi Province, “did the right thing”.
Footage from his chest-mounted camera shows him confronting the unruly pedestrian, surnamed Lei, on 13th December as she insists on reaching the other side of the zebra crossing.
In the clip he says: “Move back! Move back!” while holding the can of pepper spray in his right hand.
The woman wearing a bright orange down jacket swats the cop’s hands away and responds: “I don’t want to go back!”
She adds: “Don’t touch me! Don’t touch me! You’re sexually assaulting me!”
The ruthless officer unloads the pepper-spray directly in the woman’s face, causing her to cover her eyes and lash out at the cop with her free arm.
The officer continues to tell her to move, but she refuses and punches the cop, who is forced to pepper-spray her a second time and push her until she falls to the ground screaming.
The video ends with the equally persistent officer picking the woman up, being spat on, and then carrying her to the opposite pavement where shocked bystanders watch.
Authorities say they educated Lei on common traffic law and detained her for five days as punishment for obstructing justice.
Social media user ‘sorry woshi tangseng’ wrote: “Nothing wrong with that – except the pepper spray needs to be stronger.”
‘Shubianzu’ added: “I’m going to sue this pepper-spray manufacturer. It’s useless!”
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