COVID Cop Checking Temperatures Slams Woman To Floor

Story By: John FengSub-EditorJoseph Golder, Agency: Asia Wire Report

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This is the moment a Chinese policeman slams a woman to the floor in a metro station after she allegedly refused to cooperate during a COVID-19 temperature screening.

The would-be commuter named only as Ms Zhang, 25, was found to have an “abnormal” temperature as she tried to enter Wanzi station in Beijing on 4th April.

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Authorities in the Chinese capital said Ms Zhang refused to cooperate with health workers at the turnstiles as they denied her entry, leading to metro station police being called.

Body-mounted camera footage belonging to the attending officers shows Ms Zhang appearing to claim she had a “normal” temperature of 37.3 degrees Celsius.

But the temperature was apparently deemed a mild fever, and health workers flagged her down as a precaution.

As she shouts as uniformed officers, Ms Zhang can be seen repeatedly shoving one policeman, who eventually puts his arm around her neck and slams her to the floor with a thud.

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Pan Xuhong, spokesman for the Beijing Public Security Bureau, told local media that Ms Zhang was detained over the incident and charged with obstruction of justice.

After having refused further temperature tests, Ms Zhang attacked health workers at the metro station. She also insulted and injured an attending officer, Mr Pan said.

The authorities did not say how long Ms Zhang was jailed for, but members of the public commenting on the incident online appeared to welcome Beijing’s apparently heavy-handed tactics.

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John Feng

I am a senior journalist and editor, and have worked for a number of different news agencies over the last decade. I am currently editor-in-chief of the Asia Wire Report news wire.

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