English translation: Chinese Canadians Zhang Fenghua and Huang Weixuan Were Beaten by Police
The Prosecution Will Not Charge the Two Police Officers
Society Is in an Uproar
Chinese Canadians Angrily believe that It is a Repeat of the 1992 Los Angeles Riots of Jin En [Rodney King]
Chinese Canadians Zhang Fenghua and Huang Weixuan were beaten up by the Vancouver police at their home on February 9th. Their neighbours happened to take a video, which was shown on television. The prosecution recently announced that the two police officers will not be charged. Society is in an uproar. It is similar to Jin En’s case in Los Angeles and has attracted international attention.
After the incident, Zhang Fenghua filed a written complaint to the police and listed ten transgressions, including giving no warning before entering the house, no indication of their identities or intentions after entering the house, improper use of force, delays in the treatment of the injured, refusal to provide reasonable explanations, etc.
He asked the police to explain or acknowledge the above wrongdoings, asked to reserve the right to request a legal review, and demanded appropriate and reasonable compensation for damage to the house along with physical and mental damage.
The police internal investigation team then investigated the incident, and the result was announced a few days ago. Police spokesman Gao Bo [English name in Chinese pronunciation] said that this was a long-term investigation. The police met with thirty-one police officers and more than thirty citizen witnesses. The report was more than 400 pages thick.
After the report was submitted to the Public Prosecutor's Office, the prosecutor Wei Te [English name in Chinese pronunciation] decided not to bring criminal charges against the relevant police officers and believed that their actions were appropriate.
But the Chinese community responded differently. Huang Yuwen, the spokesman of jia ji hua ren xie hui [the Vancouver Association of Chinese Canadians], said that he was angry about the decision and that the police's explanation was not convincing.
Bu Liedun, chairman of the B.C. Civil Liberties Association, also said that the police used a series of [acts of] violence but did not provide a satisfactory explanation. Besides, if the current system does not effectively supervise the work of the police, a new system is needed to monitor how the police use force.
Lilian To, the Executive Director of the United Chinese Community Enrichment Services Society (S.U.C.C.E.S.S.) in Vancouver, believes that the two victims suffered un-righted wrongs and did not receive compensation. Regardless if a suspect is Chinese or belongs to another ethnic group, the police should not resort to violence. She hopes that the police will improve through this incident.